Residents urged to stand against Miss. city leaders' push for 'diversity
A university town in Mississippi has become the first in that state to pass a resolution promoting diversity, including sexual orientation – but there very well could be some pushback from the citizens.
The Board of Aldermen in Starkville, home of Mississippi State University, unanimously passed a resolution on Tuesday supporting "inclusion" in that city and describing diversity as "a critical component of a thriving, successful city." The approved resolution states, in part:
"The City of Starkville ... resolves that discrimination against a person on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity and expression, age, marital status, sexual orientation, familial status, veteran's status, disability, and source of income to be anathema to the public policy of the City."
Buddy Smith is executive vice president of the American Family Association, based in nearby Tupelo. Smith tells OneNewsNow the resolution is "not about fairness, but more about deception, lies, and forcing the church to hire gay and transgender people."
"The Human Rights Campaign is clearly behind this," Smith states. "And why a mayor and council here in the Bible Belt, the deep South, would take signals from the largest political organization pushing same-sex marriage in our nation, is really quite appalling."
Indeed, the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal notes HRC's "behind-the-scenes support" in other localities where similar resolutions have been enacted – typically in much larger cities. And WLOX-TV, a CBS affiliate in southern Mississippi, quotes HRC president Chad Griffin applauding the Board's passage of the resolution, saying it reflects "fundamental American values" and "[sets] an inspiring example for their fellow lawmakers in surrounding cities and towns."
Smith strongly disagrees with the community leaders in Starkville, saying he is certain the resolution will result in frivolous lawsuits from pro-LGBT groups wanting to gain additional ground. He "absolutely" encourages the residents of Starkville to protest.
"The citizens and communities where Human Rights Campaign and groups like that come in and influence government to do such a stupid thing should really go before council and simply ask why this is being done," he suggests.
According to the AFA spokesman, passing the resolution may be just a testing of the waters – and if there no loud objection from local citizens, ordinances may follow granting special rights for individuals with "gender identity and expression" issues; for example, men dressed as women being permitted to use the women's restrooms. Several cities in Kansas in recent years organized and overturned such ordinances, and booted some of those responsible out of office.source