Federal judge dismisses challenge to Va. city’s flag law

Saturday, June 16, 2012

ROANOKE, Va. — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging a Lexington ordinance that prevents flying the Confederate battle flag on municipal poles.

News outlets reported that U.S. District Judge Samuel Wilson ruled June 14 that the ordinance is reasonable.

The ordinance adopted last year allows only the city, state and national flags to be flown from municipal poles.

The lawsuit by the Sons of Confederate Veterans argued that the ordinance violates the group’s free speech.

City officials contended that the ordinance doesn’t violate the First Amendment because it bans all private flags from city-owned poles.

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