By Josh Mitchell/Corinth Today
After initially voting to deny a parade permit requested by an LGBTQ group, the Starkville Board of Aldermen on Tuesday reversed that decision.
The city will now allow the parade requested by the group Starkville Pride to take place March 24.
Starkville Pride filed a federal lawsuit against the city after the aldermen denied the permit last month on a 4-3 vote.
After the board reversed its decision Tuesday, Starkville Pride’s attorney, Roberta A. Kaplan, released a statement, saying, “What happened at tonight’s meeting was a victory not only for our clients and for their equal dignity under the law, but also for the core principle that in this country, we do not restrict a person’s ability to speak based on whether or not we agree with what they have to say.”
Starkville is home to Mississippi State University.