While New York state was whipped into a frenzy being just one vote shy of passing the Marriage Equality Act, the state of Texas finds itself in a similar limbo over whether or not to approve a confederate flag license plate, the Houston Chronicle reports. The Department of Motor Vehicles is just one vote short of granting approval of the specialty plate to the local division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Jerry Patterson, commissioner of the Texas General Land Office, spoke in support for passage of the license plate during a board vote in April, according to NBC. He said that the Confederate Veterans, of which he is a descendant, served honorably, just as he served honorably in Vietnam.
"Not all things in Vietnam were done in a manner that I'm proud of. I served in Vietnam but I'm not proud of what happened. This is history and any time you commemorate history and those who served honorably, be they... the Sons of Confederate Veterans, I think they should be honored.”
"When many look at that history, we think about it in terms of secession, that is we were seceding from the Union in the southern parts of the country. Many would view that, quite frankly, as treason, because they meant to actually destroy the existing governmental structure. But when we dig deeper, the issue becomes even more offensive to many African Americans and those that sought freedom for those of darker skin in our country."
At this point, the vote has been put off momentarily, because the ninth member of the DMV board passed away. It's up to Governor Rick Perry to appoint his replacement. The Wall Street Journal posted from ThinkProgress that "Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) may soon get the chance to advertise his love of secession on his car."