Homosexual Pride Group Sues City in Mississippi for Denying Request to Parade Sin Through Streets

STARKVILLE, Miss. — A homosexual advocacy group that wanted to hold a “gay pride” parade in the streets of Starkville, Mississippi has filed a lawsuit against the City for voting to deny the event application.

“[T]he only objections raised against Plaintiffs’ parade were anti-LGBT religious comments directed to the parade’s LGBT content and the pro-LGBT viewpoint that the parade would express,” the lawsuit reads, filed on Monday by attorneys for Starkville Pride. “In other words, nobody raised any concerns related to logistics, security, or cost.”

As previously reported, last month, the City of Starkville denied Starkville Pride’s special event request in voting 4-3 against the group’s application. The organization sought to hold the parade in the public streets on March 24 with the provision of city services.

None of the aldermen who voted against the request commented on the reason for the denial. According to the Clarion Ledger, Ben Carver, David Little, Roy Perkins and Henry Vaughn voted to reject the parade, while Sandra Sistrunk, Jason Walker and Patrick Miller voted in favor of it.

During a public hearing on the matter, a number of residents—including the event organizers, urged the aldermen to approve the application.

“We’re asking you to join us,” remarked Bailey McDaniel, stating that the pride parade would be a celebration of inclusion.

But two others, one a longtime resident and another a pastor, urged the City not to permit such a display in the streets of Starkville.

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“If anything should be held up and down our streets, it should not be this. God made Adam and Eve,” declared resident Dorothy Isaac. “Do not turn our city into a sin city.”

“I think this is [already] a very inclusive, a very friendly place, a very friendly city, a very friendly county,” also commented Thomas Rogers, pastor of Josey Creek Missionary Baptist Church. “We’ve done a lot of things for the university and to attract businesses and influential people. But every city has to have limits. Cities without walls are easily taken.”

Following the comment period, Vice Mayor Perkins made a motion to deny the application, which was then seconded. Minutes later, the majority of aldermen voted in favor of the motion.

Now, McDaniel and co-organizer Emily Turner, both students at Mississippi State University, are taking the City of Starkville to court. They argue that the City engaged in viewpoint discrimination, since the only objections to the parade were of a religious nature and not relating to logistics or other neutral subject matter.

“McDaniel and Turner were deeply hurt by the board’s unexpected decision to forbid the parade. They had worked hard to plan a celebration of their identities and their message of equal dignity—and suddenly their plans had been rejected, indeed censored, by leaders of the community they call home,” their complaint reads.

“In addition, McDaniel and Turner felt ashamed and stigmatized. They had been singled out for unfavorable treatment because they identify as lesbians and because the organization they led was associated the LGBT community,” it states.

Starkville Pride is seeking a declaration that the City’s denial was unconstitutional, and is asking the court to force the City to allow the pride parade to go forward.

Read the lawsuit here.

The City has yet to comment on the matter. It says that it will respond to the lawsuit following a review.

Deuteronomy 30:15-16 reads, “See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil. In that I command thee this day to love the Lord thy God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply. And the Lord thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.”

1 John 2:3-6 also outlines, “And hereby we do know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He that saith, ‘I know Him,’ and keepeth not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth His word, in him verily is the love of God perfected. Hereby know we that we are in Him. He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked.”


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  • ZappaSaid88

    From another source: “The parade was originally on the consent agenda for Tuesday’s meeting, meaning it would have been approved among other housekeeping matters without discussion. However, Perkins asked that the item be removed from consent to allow a separate vote.”

    Starkville will lose this case. It’s obviously viewpoint discrimination and an arbitrary and capricious decision. Sadly the taxpayers are on the hook for it even though those who favored the parade outnumbered those against it at the meeting by a good margin.

    • Amos Moses – He>i

      sure ……….. “at the meeting” ………. not in the community ……….

      • ZappaSaid88

        Yes, at the meeting. That’s a factual observation. I don’t know how the community feels about it and neither do you. So stop bearing false witness.

        • Amos Moses – He>i

          small Kentucky town wants public depravity …… so the council refused to approve a parade of public nudity disguised as “free speech” ….. that the public wanted ….. RIIIIGHTT …… what kind on an idiotic statement is that supposed to be ………

          • ZappaSaid88

            First of all it’s Mississippi not Kentucky. It’s also a college town which tend to be more liberal. And again you have no idea what the community thinks but you claimed you did, false witness giver.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            sure …Mississippi …. makes all the difference in the world …… the transient “community” might be ……. doubt the people who actually live there year round …… so it makes no difference ……. public depravity parades are not a right …………. has nothing to do with “free speech” ….. and THAT is the overriding LIE ……

  • Michael C

    Pastor Rogers wants to build a wall around the city to keep homosexuality out?

    • robert boe

      Its More likely this is a new circumstance. And it just takes time to get things worked out in unfamiliar territory. You don’t want to condone wrong or be judgemental to people caught up in the wrong .

  • AustinRocks

    What on earth are they proud of?

    • Amos Moses – He>i

      banana hammocks ……. g-strings …… thongs ……. public depravity …… nipple rings …….

      • Sally Edwards

        Which straight people NEVER do, right?

        • Amos Moses – He>i

          not in a “parade” as some matter of “pride” …… in a small town in Kentu …. oooppps … Mississippi ………… and then lie about it being a “free speech right” ….. yup …. pretty much NOPE ………..

          • Sally Edwards

            Someone’s clearly never been to New Orleans.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            Someone clearly understands that has nothing to do with this ……

          • Sally Edwards

            If the someone you mention doesn’t know the difference between Kentucky and Mississippi, sure.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            yawn ………..

      • robert boe

        Well now they don’t have to parade ,your description is notably burned into our memory banks in a nightmarish Horrid scary way.

        • Amos Moses – He>i

          and ………….

  • Eric L

    This kind of vulgarity used to be confined to the big cities on the left coasts. Now they want to infect small-town America. Something pathological about people who have to be noticed and applauded constantly, makes you wonder if they aren’t too secure in their own skins.

    • Nessa Jo

      Think of it as a Civil Rights Movement for the LGBTQ community. Or did the Civil Rights Movement not sit will with some of these readers, either?

  • robert boe

    If it was normal behavior would they really need to march about being normal. May be every one else is abnormal and we should be the ones marching around like goofy faced Jackells and they could be shaking there heads at us.

    • Michael C

      During a public hearing on the matter, a number of residents—including the event organizers, urged the aldermen to approve the application.”

      They already tried sitting down and talking it out.

      • robert boe

        So they didn’t get there way maybe for there own safety. It may cost to much to Protect everyone.

        • Shaun Anderson

          From another source: “The parade was originally on the consent agenda for Tuesday’s meeting, meaning it would have been approved among other housekeeping matters without discussion. However, Perkins asked that the item be removed from consent to allow a separate vote.” — The parade was to be rubber stamped like all parades but certain aldermen decided to single it out and deny it without comment. Then those aldermen slipped out a back door to avoid the press. If it was a safety issue or expense issue they would have stated that clearly.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            i seriously doubt the “press” was there …… but good false characterization …………

          • ZappaSaid88

            “After the meeting, Carver, Little and Perkins left from the municipal courtroom’s back entrance. Vaughn declined to comment on his vote.
            Carver, reached later by phone, said he had “been advised” not to comment on his vote, and declined to elaborate further. “

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            so what ….. says nothing about the “press” being there …. someone asked …. so what …… so he was advised …. so what …..

        • Michael C

          So they didn’t get there [sic] way maybe for there [sic] own safety. It may cost to much to Protect everyone.

          Safety concerns were not an issue brought up at the public hearing.

          And what part of the country do you live in that you think it’s acceptable to refuse to allow gay people to walk in the street for fear of them being assaulted?

          What part of the country is it okay for the government to refuse to protect gay people from being attacked?

  • robert boe

    After hearing every one . There is still no excuse not to issue the permit .The first Saturday after the end of the world! Let them party and parade all day if they want to..

  • Nessa Jo

    I find it vastly amusing how everyone is so up in arms about this ‘sin’ yet I can’t help but wonder just how many of the Ten Commandments are broken on a daily basis by these very same individuals.

  • Why not counter sue? Many such cities still do not allow the sale of pornography or strip clubs. Consider it a denial to market sex as an industry, and encourage both heterosexuals and homosexuals to keep their personal business at home. And, let them know that if they were allowed to have such a parade, then perhaps churches should be allowed a 10 Commandments parade, which allows them to call such a lifestyle sinful.

    • Michael C

      Many such cities still do not allow the sale of pornography or strip clubs.

      What kind of gay pride parades do you go to? They’re actually quite boring. Families walking down the street, politicians, church groups, local and national businesses have groups that walk, motorcycle groups, etc.

  • Michael C

    The town has re-voted and the parade has been approved.