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Appeal Court Sides With Lexington on Confederate Flag Ban

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A federal appeals court panel says Lexington's ban on flying the confederate flag on city light poles does not violate a heritage group's right of free speech.

As we reported last July, the Sons of Confederate Veterans Stonewall Brigade appealed the ruling against its lawsuit over flying the confederate flag in Lexington.

A Roanoke federal district court judge threw out the group's lawsuit against Lexington.

We talked to Brandon Dorsey with the Sons of Confederate Veterans, who says the date of the ruling is ironic, because Friday marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

"Where we go from here I don't know, but its disappointing obviously but it wasn't unexpected. I just kind of wonder if somebody wasn't trying to send a message, a bit of irony by choosing this date to release that ruling," Dorsey said.

The city put the rule into place back in 2011 after people complained that the flag was an offensive symbol of the south's history of slavery.