WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has upheld Texas' refusal to issue a license plate bearing the Confederate battle flag, rejecting a free-speech challenge.

The court said Thursday that Texas can limit the content of license plates because they are state property and not the equivalent of a bumper sticker.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans had sought a Texas plate bearing its logo with the battle flag. A state board rejected it over concerns that the license plate would offend many Texans.