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Gay parade permit sparks major debate in Mississippi

6 months 3 weeks 2 days ago Saturday, February 24 2018 Feb 24, 2018 February 24, 2018 1:03 PM February 24, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press
Image: Bailey McDaniel, 22, an organizer with Starkville Pride, an LGBT support group is photographed Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 in Starkville, Miss. Starkville aldermen voted 4-3 to deny the event permit Tuesday. None of the aldermen who voted against the permit have explained their reasoning, via ABC News.
STARKVILLE, Miss. - At first, the plan to hold a gay-pride parade here didn't seem like such a big deal. Such festivals aren't that unusual even in the traditionally conservative Deep South, and Starkville, "Mississippi's College Town" made a name for itself as the first community in the state to pass a resolution denouncing discrimination against people for sexual orientation.
  
But when organizers applied for a permit, they ran into a roadblock:  A majority of Starkville's aldermen voted it down, transforming what had been envisioned as a relatively small-scale event into a major constitutional confrontation over free speech and equal rights.

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