The Starkville Daily News reports:
The Starkville Board of Aldermen voted to deny the request to hold an LGBT pride parade after hearing 16 people speak in favor of the event during its meeting Tuesday night. The board approved the motion to deny the request with a 4-3 vote. Alderman Ben Carver, Alderman David Little, Vice Mayor Roy Perkins and Alderman Henry Vaughn voted in favor of denying the request. The motion to deny the request was made by Perkins [photo].
The 16 people who spoke in favor of having the pride parade were made up of Mississippi State University students, Starkville business owners, MSU officials and other citizens. The two people who spoke against having the parade were resident Dorothy Isaac and pastor of Josey Creek Missionary Baptist Church Thomas Rogers. Isaac said, “God created Adam and Eve. Do not turn our city into a sin city. It should not be this.”
Starkville Pride says they will reach out to the ACLU and others for advice. Starkville is home to Mississippi State University with a non-student population of about 24,000.