06/23/2015 05:18 pm ET Updated Jun 23, 2015

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal Calls For Redesign Of Confederate Flag License Plate

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) wants a license plate in his state that has a confederate flag to be redesigned, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on Tuesday.

Deal quickly switched his position on Tuesday after initially telling the Journal-Constitution that he supported the design and backing the display of the flag during his re-election campaign last year.

Nine states currently allow for the display of the flag on license plates, but that number may dwindle. Deal's support for a redesign came on the same day that Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) called for the removal of the flag from license plates in his state. The governors of Maryland, Tennessee and North Carolina -- all Republicans -- have all expressed support for getting rid of the flag on license plates in their states.

Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that Texas could legally block the flag from being displayed on license plates because displaying the image on a license plate constituted government speech, not private speech.

The flag, which flies on the grounds of the South Carolina capitol, came under fire after nine people were shot and killed while attending a bible study session at the historic black Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Gov. Nikki Haley (R) and numerous officials have called for it to be removed. South Carolina lawmakers agreed on Tuesday to debate removing the flag.



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