Mississippi Town refuses license to proposed gay bar

SHANNON – O’Hara’s, a sports bar that would cater to Northeast Mississippi’s gay and lesbian community, is still in limbo after Shannon’s board of aldermen did not reconsider letting it have a license.

Of the five aldermen, no one made a motion to reconsider the June 4 decision, a 4-1 vote, to deny a special exception license for O’Hara’s owner P.J. Newton.

City Attorney Gary Carnathan said at the time the denial was based on concerns of necessity for general welfare, traffic congestion and public need due to another bar being across the street. However, the Southern Poverty Law Center became involved in the situation on Newton’s behalf when the permit was denied.

Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal