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By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press
JACKSON, Miss. — A federal judge said Tuesday that the Confederate emblem on the Mississippi flag is "anti-American" because it represents those who fought to leave the United States.
But U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves is not yet saying whether he will fully consider a lawsuit that seeks to eliminate the flag as a state symbol.
Reeves heard more than three hours of arguments about motions in the lawsuit that Carlos Moore, an African-American attorney from Grenada, Mississippi, filed against the state. Moore is asking Reeves to declare the flag an unconstitutional relic of slavery.
Moore argued that under the U.S. Supreme Court decision last summer that effectively legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, a majority of justices found the Constitution protects a fundamental right of dignity. Moore argued the state flag violates his dignity and that of other African-Americans.
Commentary from: Lynn J. Cheramie III, Founder, Freedom Fighters of America
It is the essence of being American. It was Americans who fought for what they believed and that's American as it gets my friends. The judge in this case should make rulings not provide commentary on his or her own opinion. Rule of Law should apply, PERIOD!
FREEDOM FIGHTERS OF AMERICA