Texas board to vote on Confederate license plates

By the Associated Press | November 10, 2011 | 11:35 AM EST

This photo provided by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles shows the design of a proposed Sons of the Confederacy license plate. The state Department of Motor Vehicles considers the proposal Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011. The board was a single vote away from approving the plate earlier this year. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Motor Vehicles)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas board is to decide whether the state will issue specialty Confederate license plates that Gov. Rick Perry has said he opposes but won't block.

The Department of Motor Vehicles board was set to vote Thursday. All nine members were appointed by Perry, who's seeking the GOP presidential nomination and has previously defended the historical value of Confederacy symbols.

But when asked about the proposed plates last month, Perry said "we don't need to be opening old wounds."

The Sons of Confederate Veterans sponsors the plates and has successfully sued to have them issued in other states. Members have threatened to file another lawsuit if Texas rejects the plate design that features the group's logo derived from the battle flag flown by southern states during the Civil War.