Gay pride parade organizers sue Mississippi city over denial
Two women are suing a Mississippi college town over its denial of a permit for a gay pride parade.
Mississippi State University students Bailey McDaniel and Emily Turner filed the federal lawsuit Monday against the city of Starkville.
City aldermen, on a 4-3 vote last week, denied a parade permit for Starkville Pride, which sought to have the city’s first-ever gay pride parade during a larger set of events.
McDaniel and Turner say in their suit, filed in Aberdeen, Mississippi, that Starkville is denying their First Amendment constitutional right to free expression. They want a judge to immediately order the city to grant a permit.
The four aldermen have refused to say why they made the decision, although one told a local newspaper that his constituents agreed with the move.