Justices rule against sign code, favor license plate refusal

June 19, 2015

eaec9a1bf21409016b0f6a7067000e27_c0-365-4174-2797_s561x327In separate free-speech rulings Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled against an Arizona town’s sign code, which was used to punish a small, local church, but in favor of Texas officials who refused to issue a license plate bearing a Confederate flag.

The justices didn’t fully agree with each other on the rulings, which reversed decisions by, respectively, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

In the eight-year-long Arizona church sign case, Reed v. Town of Gilbert, Justice Clarence Thomas concluded that the town’s signage code was “content based,” which meant the code had to meet the highest constitutional test.


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