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9 States Allow Confederate Flags On Their License Plates... But That May Change

06/23/2015 05:34 pm ET | Updated Jun 23, 2015

Suddenly, government displays of Confederate symbols are all over the news. This week, driven by the horrific massacre at a historically black Charleston church, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) urged her state legislators to remove the Confederate battle flag from the statehouse grounds. Last week, the Supreme Court said Texas can't be forced to offer license plates featuring that flag.

At least nine states currently allow specialty license plates that display Confederate insignia, all at the instigation of chapters of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Virginia and Maryland do so under an earlier court decision, but Virginia's Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) announced this week that he would work to stop issuing those plates, calling them "unnecessarily divisive and hurtful to too many of our people."

Two Republican governors, North Carolina's Pat McCrory and Tennessee's Bill Haslam, similarly called for an end to the use of the Confederate battle flag on specialty license plates this week.

States that allow the Confederate battle flag on state-issued license plates include Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Maryland and Tennessee. The Supreme Court recently ruled that the state of Texas did not have to allow license plates bearing the insignia, which could pave the way for states like Virginia, which were compelled to allow the license plates by an earlier lower court decision, to stop producing and selling the plates.

ALABAMA: Sponsoring organization: Sons of Confederate Veterans; Proceeds: Benefit Sons of Confederate Veterans, to be used to fund historical projects. GEORGIA: Sponsoring organization: Georgia Sons of Confederate Veterans; Proceeds: Benefit Georgia Division of Sons ofConfederate Veterans, to be usedfor heritage preservation projects. LOUISIANA: Sponsoring organization: Sons of Confederate Veterans; Proceeds: Are used for the purpose of providing Louisiana history textbooks which are approved for elementary and secondary schools in the state.

MARYLAND: Sponsoring organization: Sons of Confederate Veterans; Proceeds: Benefit Sons of Confederate Veterans, use not specified MISSISSIPPI: Sponsoring organization: Mississippi Division Sons of Confederate Veterans; Proceeds: Benefit Mississippi Division Sons ofConfederate Veterans, to be used for therestoration of original Confederate battle flags, and to fight heritage violations. NORTH CAROLINA: Sponsoring organization: Sons of Confederate Veterans; Proceeds: Benefit Sons of Confederate Veterans, use not specified

SOUTH CAROLINA: Sponsoring organization: Sons of Confederate Veterans; Proceeds: Benefit Sons of Confederate Veterans, use not specified TENNESSEE: Sponsoring organization: Tennessee Division of Sons of Confederate Veterans; Proceeds: Benefit Tennessee Division of Sons of Confederate Veterans, use not specified VIRGINIA: Sponsoring organization: Sons of Confederate Veterans; Proceeds: Benefit Sons of Confederate Veterans, use not specified

Sources: Alabama Department of Revenue, Mississippi Department of Revenue, South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, Georgia Department of Motor Vehicle Safety, Tennessee Department of Revenue, Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles, Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division, Virginia.gov, Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, Sons of Confederate Veterans Graphic: Alissa Scheller/The Huffington Post

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