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Georgia OK’s Confederate flag on specialty plates

ATLANTA — Georgia officials have once again approved a specialty license plate featuring the Confederate battle flag, infuriating civil rights advocates and renewing a debate among those who believe the symbol honors Confederate heritage and those who see it as racially charged.

The Georgia division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans requested the new plate design, and the Georgia Department of Revenue approved it. The group’s old plate had a small Confederate battle flag. The new one features an additional, larger image that covers the entire plate.

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Spokesman Ray McBerry said the group meant no offense and views the plates as a way for people to honor their heritage. Southern Christian Leadership Conference spokesman Maynard Eaton told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution the state shouldn’t have sanctioned the move.

Governor Nathan Deal said Tuesday that he was unaware of the plate.

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