Published: May 13, 2011 12:01 AM EDT
Updated: May 12, 2011 5:32 PM EDT

The Sons of Confederate Veterans group is pushing approval for a new, specialty license plate.  It would honor those who fought for the South in the Civil War.  It would display a small confederate flag, and the idea is creating some controversy.

"We feel this in our hearts, it lives with us," said Robert Gates of the sons of Confederae Veterans.   "We should  pay tribute to those who fought 150 years ago.   it has nothing to do with race or anything else."

"It would be offensive.  I mean, it would make my ancestors turn over in their graves!," said Edna Johnson of Ft. Myers.   "I don't go around putting up a plate with black power on it.   Why waste time and money on this, when the economy is hurting.   Let's push for something else.   Like jobs."

Gates says several southern states already display some kind of confederate image on specialty plates, and it's only right that Florida does the same thing.    The legislature has the say on new license plates.   The state now has 121 specialty tags.    Gates says money from the sale of the heritage plates would allow the SCV to maintain monuments and gravesites of confederate soldiers.