Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently signed a bill into law aimed at banning the sale of “hate symbols” such as the Confederate flag or the swastika on state property — even while admitting the new edict might clash with the First Amendment and be struck down as unconstitutional.
Following the bill signing on Wednesday, Cuomo, said, "This country faces a pervasive, growing attitude of intolerance and hate — what I have referred to in the body politic as an American cancer," as reported in The New York Post.
He continued, "By limiting the display and sale of the confederate flag, Nazi swastika and other symbols of hatred from being displayed or sold on state property, including the state fairgrounds, this will help safeguard New Yorkers from the fear-installing effects of these abhorrent symbols."
The new law — effective immediately — prohibits the sale of hate symbols on public grounds including state and local fairs, and also severely limits their display unless deemed relevant to serving an educational or historical purpose.
Read the entire bill signed into law here.
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