City of Ocean Springs wants lawsuit on flag to be dismissed
The City of Ocean Springs is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to block it from flying the state flag that features the Confederate battle emblem.
The city says in court papers filed Monday that the lawsuit is completely frivolous. It also says flag opponents who brought the suit last month lack the legal standing to claim that the flag violates the Federal Fair Housing Act.
Plaintiffs say the Confederate emblem is ‘racially demeaning and hostile and flying the flag sends the message that black people are not welcome.’
Ocean Springs City Hall didn’t fly the flag for several years under previous Mayor Connie Moran.
After Mayor Shea Dobson took office last July, the flag went back up, prompting these protests. Several local governments have stopped flying the flag.