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Heritage group appeals city's Confederate flag ban

A federal appeals court is considering the Sons of Confederate Veterans' challenge of the city of Lexington's decision to exclude the heritage group's battle flag from its city light poles.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Thursday in Richmond. The judges typically rule in several weeks or more.

At issue is a September 2011 decision by Lexington officials to prohibit the flying of the Confederate flag on city-owned light poles. It limits flags that may fly on the poles to those representing the city, the U.S. and the state of Virginia.

The city contends it can dictate what flies on city property.

An attorney for the Sons of Confederate Veterans argued the ordinance violates the group's constitutional right to free speech.