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The Gay pride parade permit denied, but Mississippi authorities are not saying why: report

Bailey McDaniel, 22, is an organizer of the LGBT-group of Starkville Proudly.

(Associated Press)

A municipal assembly vote to reject a request to hold a gay pride parade in the north-east of the Mississippi river, has drawn backlash from a civil liberties group.

Starkville should be ashamed. https://t.co/9s3Wqw2VWD

— The Advocate (@TheAdvocateMag) February 21, 2018

A group of elected city leaders, which is known as the Starkville Board of Alderman, voted 4-3 Tuesday against a licence application by Starkville Proud to host the first Pride Parade in the history of the city.

The Mississippi chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has criticized the vote. In a statement on its website, the group said, the alderman of the denial “potential violation of the First Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.”

For those not in Starkville, but after the story of the city’s denial of an #LGBT Pride Parade, here was our front page. pic.twitter.com/GypOGWsGy9

— Logan Kirkland (@CaptainKirk_) February 21, 2018

The statement also requested the council to “reconsider their decision and approve the request.”

The Pride Parade was reportedly scheduled for March 24. The councillor provided no explanation for their decision, the Clarion Ledger reported.

After the “no” vote, Starkville Proud member Bailey McDaniel hired lawyer Roberta Kaplan, famous for its central role in the landmark 2013 Supreme court case that abolished the Defense of Marriage Act.

Residents of Starkville were divided in their opinion about the proposed parade.

A resident told the Starkville daily News she was at the pride parade, because God created Adam and Eve.”

Starkville Mayor Lynn Spruill

(Associated Press)

Mayor Lynn Spruill said the city was more in favor than the voice implied: “We are diverse, we are not divided in my opinion, and I don’t want to start with the image of us.’

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