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LGBT Group Sues Starkville Over Parade Denial

Staff reports

A LGBT group on Monday filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Starkville over the board of aldermen’s denial of a permit for a pride parade.

Last week, the Starkville Board of Aldermen voted 4-3 to deny the parade permit that was requested by Starkville Pride.

The aldermen who opposed the permit gave no reason for their vote during the meeting. A city official confirmed that the group had completed the application and met the requirements for the permit.

Prior to the vote to deny the permit about a dozen residents spoke in favor of the parade, and two people spoke in opposition.

“The board’s decision to ban speech by Starkville Pride on city streets is a textbook violation of the First Amendment and its discriminatory treatment, based solely on LGBT-related animus, violates the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause,” a press release from the plaintiffs asserts.

Starkville Pride is being represented by civil rights attorney Roberta A. Kaplan.

“We are confident that the federal court will reverse this unconstitutional action and allow the parade to proceed as planned,” Kaplan said in a statement.

The case, Starkville Pride et. al. v. city of Starkville, was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi, Eastern Division.


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