February 22, 2018 at 3:08 pm EDT | by Mariah Cooper
Mississippi town’s first Pride Parade denied; organizers consider legal action
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Starkville, Miss., home to Mississippi State University, rejects request for historic Pride Parade  (Photo by Ted Eytan; courtesy Flickr)

LGBT group Starkville Pride is considering legal action after its request for the town’s first ever Pride Parade was denied.

The Starkville Board of Aldermen voted 4-3 against the parade which would have been held on March 24. According to the Starkville Daily News, 16 people spoke in favor of the parade while two spoke against it.

Resident Dorothy Isaac spoke out against the parade because “God created Adam and Eve.”

“Do not turn our city into a sin city,” she said. “It should not be this.”

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.”

“The parade is integral because it shows the community that we’re here, we’re not going anywhere, you see us in everyday life,” McDaniel says.

Starkville Mayor Lynn Spruill also supported the parade calling it, “one of those things that shows an inclusiveness in our community that is something I have long said we are.”

McDaniel says that lawyer Roberta Kaplan is on board to represent her and Starkville Pride.

Human Rights Campaign has already voiced their support tweeting, SHAMEFUL: Leaders in Starkville, Mississippi, have again turned their back on their #LGBTQ neighbors. The city’s Board of Aldermen has denied a permit for a Pride parade.”

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