Spartanburg County waits on courts to decide fate of I-85 Confederate flag

(Chances are this is going to end up in a federal court – DD)

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(Spartanburg Herald-Journal) – A large Confederate flag has been flying beside Interstate 85 for almost a year while the property owner and Spartanburg County fight over the flag’s future.

“We, of course, support free speech and will continue to defend our Constitutional right to fly flags of our choice,” said Greenville attorney Robert K. Merting on behalf of the Adam Washington Ballenger Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 68.

Merting said flying the flag is a way to honor soldiers of South Carolina who fought and died during the Civil War and other wars.

Opponents said the flag is offensive to many people.

“The flag “sends an unwelcoming message to a large group of people,” said…

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