John M. Becker

Starkville, Mississippi Passes Pro-LGBT Resolution

Filed By John M. Becker | January 22, 2014 6:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Mississippi, nondiscrimination, red states, resolutions, Starkville

starkville-mississippi.JPGOn Tuesday, the eastern Mississippi city of Starkville - population 23,888 - became the first city in that blood-red state to officially recognize the humanity and affirm the dignity of its LGBT residents by passing an equality resolution.

WLOX-TV reports:

"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," Griffin said in a statement. "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."

Starkville's Resolution Supporting Equality states 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."

"The resolution makes it clear that Starkville is a community that works proactively to prevent workplace discrimination before it happens," said Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman. "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."

Yes, this actually happened -- in Mississippi. What an incredibly amazing, symbolic step forward. The times, they are a-changin', folks.

The full text of Starkville's resolution is after the jump.

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.


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