MS town bans pride parade despite overwhelming support

Solis LGBTQ group Starkville Pride planned the event for March 24. By Hilton Dresden Fri

Now the organizers of the event, Starkville Pride, are planning on filing a lawsuit against the city.

The Greater Starkville Development Partnership on Thursday morning also released a statement in support of the LGBT community.

"I just want you to know that we were all moved", Willis said.

But two members of the public spoke against the parade, imploring the aldermen not to allow sin to be celebrated in Starkville's streets.

"It sends a message that we are not the inclusive community that I believe us to be". "For example, if this parade was being organized by people who wanted to sling saw blades into the crowd, then they've got a right maybe to deny that permit".

In the wake of the vote, several local businesses have posted stickers on their doors reading "This business serves everyone".

Bailey McDaniel, an organizer with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) support group, confirmed Starkville Pride has retained the representation of the NY legal firm Kaplan and Company, LLP, to sue the city.

"I hope you can think about that before you make you're vote tonight". "It is not good for us, because you're telling me on the 24th I could have had hundreds of people downtown who eat, who spend money, who shop".

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Starkville Pride applied for a special event request to host the 2018 Pride Parade and have city participation with in-kind services. "We can't have it both ways".

Bailey McDaniel, one of the organizers of the event and a senior criminology major at Mississippi State University, told the New York Times that the parade would have been "integral". However, the university plans to evaluate any requests with the same criteria as all organization requests.

Mayor Lynn Spruill, who has expressed sympathy for Starkville Pride's cause, also spoke in favor of the parade.

Kaplan has also argued against MS laws, such as in Campaign for Southern Equality v Bryant, which saw U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves strike down Mississippi's ban on same-sex marriage in November 2014.

A spokesman for Kaplan confirmed she will represent McDaniel.

After the meeting, Carver, Little and Perkins left from the municipal courtroom's back entrance.

During Tuesday night's board meeting, Spruill said she was "extremely disappointed" with the vote of the board. "While the government has a right to add or impose reasonable restrictions on public marches or protests, the one thing I think everyone would agree it can not do is have those restrictions based on what a group might say".

The group has said its rights to free speech and equal protection under the law were violated by the city's decision to not issue the permit.

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