Starkville aldermen denounced various forms of discrimination against Starkville residents, including discrimination based upon sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, with a new policy Tuesday.

The resolution, according to the Human Rights Campaign, one of America’s largest civil rights organizations working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality, makes Starkville the first Mississippi municipality to pass such a policy.

The city’s resolution states, “The City of Starkville declares it the public policy to respect the inherent worth of every person, without regard to a person’s race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity and expression, age marital status, sexual orientation, familial status, veteran’s status, disability or source of income” and describes such discrimination as an anathema to the city.

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