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Confederate battlefield license plate creates controversy in Georgia

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Atlanta, GA -

The state of Georgia is releasing a specialty license plate featuring the Confederate battle flag, infuriating civil rights advocates and renewing a fiery debate about what should appear on items that are state issued.

The new plate has fueled a disagreement between those who believe the battle flag honors Confederate heritage and those that view it as a racially charged symbol of oppression.

Southern Christian Leadership Conference spokesman Maynard Eaton told the Atlanta-Journal Constitution that the state should not have sanctioned the move and calls displaying the battle emblem "reprehensible."

The Georgia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans requested that the state issue the new plates. A spokesman says it meant no offense and that people have a right to commemorate their heritage.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal says he was unaware of the plans for the new license plate.

Alabama is one of three states that issue a specialty plate featuring the flag.

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