Starkville Becomes First Mississippi Town to Pass Resolution Recognizing Gay Residents

Downtown Starkville. Image via CityofStarkville.org

Downtown Starkville. Image via CityofStarkville.org

The city of Starkville, Mississippi, a town of almost 24,000 people,  passed a resolution “recognizing the inherent worth” of all its city’s residents that also includes the city’s LGBT population.This small town, has become the first municipality in the southern state to pass such a resolution. “The city of Starkville, Mississippi is sending a message to its residents that all people – regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity–are worthy of respect and equality. These are fundamental American values, and Mayor Parker Wiseman and the Starkville City Council are setting an inspiring example for their fellow lawmakers in surrounding cities and towns. While we must continue pushing for ordinances that codify these values into law across the state, the impact of this resolution on LGBT people– particularly youth–will be powerful,” the HRC said in a statement.

 

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