Starkville Becomes First City in Mississippi to Officially Recognize the Dignity of Its LGBT Citizens

WHEREAS , the City of Starkville believes that diversity is a critical component of a thriving, successful city and that a commitment to diversity strengthens communities, deepens bonds between neighbors, and underlies the welcoming environment that makes Starkville a wonderful place to live and work;

WHEREAS , the City of Starkville believes that diversity supports economic competitiveness and facilitates job growth;

WHEREAS , the City of Starkville believes that discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity and expression, age, marital status, sexual orientation, familial status, veteran's status, disability, and source of income continues to occur in our world today;

WE HEREBY RESOLVE:

RESOLVED : The City of Starkville declares it the public policy of the City to respect the inherent worth of every person, without regard to a person's race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity and expression, age, marital status, sexual orientation, familial status, veteran's status, disability, or source of income; and

RESOLVED : the City of Starkville further resolves that discrimination against a person on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity and expression, age, marital status, sexual orientation, familial status, veteran's status, disability, or source of income to be anathema to the public policy of the City

Comments

  1. Mike says

    Mississippi? Was afraid that it would be one of the last states. Now if this is any example it looks like Mississippi may well be leading the NEW south in well justified self respect and equality. Congratulations Mississippi . . .

  2. Francis says

    Considering this is Mississippi, this is a wonderful gesture. For LGBT Starkville residents, they can hold their heads up high knowing they belong and are cared about. It’s not much but it’s something and when you’re living in Mississippi and you’re gay, you need things like this to hold on to.

  3. Chuck Mielke says

    While I’m happy that a southern city has made this resolution and law, I feel I can see the next step: “… intolerant of discrimination against anyone and in any form” simply begs for claims of “reverse intolerance” where straight citizens pretend to see intolerance enacted toward themselves, e.g. in small business owners required to “deny” their religious values by serving LGBT or other customers of whom they disapprove.

  4. Steve says

    It is non-binding so no force of law however it is a step and I highly suspect the presence of a college has broadened the collective minds of the residents. When I returned to my VERY Republican college in ,
    Mid-Missouri I saw one of the gay safe zones. Btw there was a time in the 70’s when I was almost expelled for a single episode of homosexual activity (btw both of us were of age). So there are little points of tolerance in the most unlikely places in the red states

  5. StarkvegasResident says

    It’s for grant money plain and simple. The same board fired a lady for being a lesbian just a few months ago. I doubt they even read this or know what LGBT stands for.

  6. John says

    Starkville is the home of Miss. State Univ. I would imagine the level of education is higher here than your typical Miss. town, hence this enlightened approach.

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