Starkville Becomes First City in Mississippi to Pass Resolution Recognizing LGBT Residents
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Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 08:41:13 PM EST
This caught me by surprise. I guess times are a changin in Dixieland.
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Cross posted from the HRC blog.

Starkville Becomes First City in Mississippi to Pass Resolution Recognizing LGBT Residents
January 21, 2014 by Dan Rafter, Associate Director of Communications

The city of Starkville, Mississippi today passed an inclusivity resolution recognizing the inherent worth of all its city's residents - including those who are LGBT. This is the first time any municipality in Mississippi has recognized the dignity of its LGBT residents. HRC President Chad Griffin issued the following statement:

"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."

"I want to thank the Board of Alderman and all those involved with the equality resolution," said Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman. "The resolution makes it clear that Starkville is a community that works proactively to prevent workplace discrimination before it happens. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said that "we must learn to live together as brothers..." I hope the equality resolution lives up to the beliefs of Dr. King and sends a message that Starkville is a city that is intolerant of discrimination against anyone and in any form."

Public opinion on equality in Mississippi is ahead of the law in the state. A poll conducted last summer found that nearly 60 percent of Mississippians under the age of 30 support marriage equality, while 64 percent of residents back workplace non-discrimination protections for LGBT employees.

http://www.hrc.org/blog/entry/starkville-becomes-first-city-in-mi ssissippi-to-pass-resolution-recognizing




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One never knows what will happen. The board of aldermen have rescinded changes that would allow same sex couples to have Plus 1 coverage which would cover unmarried partners, including LGBT couples. The irony here is that, according to my sources, the plus one insurance was really needed by the underpaid city workers -- the majority of whom are African-American (and straight) -- to give them a major break on insurance costs and allow them to cover an unmarried spouse.

While the focus has been on LGBT usage of the insurance, in reality this would benefit not only the one or two gay folks in city government, but the black community as well.

In Starkville MS, ancient Levitcal Law is held in higher esteem by Christians than the Sermon on the Mount. A dangerous and foolish position that can only hurt the community and state, as business seeks to put their industry where there is not so much controversy.

by COinMS on Tue Feb 10, 2015 at 06:23:50 AM EST



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