On Tuesday, the eastern Mississippi city of Starkville - population 23,888 - became the first city in that blood-red state to officially recognize the humanity and affirm the dignity of its LGBT residents by passing an equality resolution.
"The city of Starkville, Mississippi is sending a message to its residents that all people - regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity - are worthy of respect and equality," Griffin said in a statement. "These are fundamental American values, and Mayor Parker Wiseman and the Starkville City Council are setting an inspiring example for their fellow lawmakers in surrounding cities and towns."
Starkville's Resolution Supporting Equality states that "discrimination against a person on the basis of 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 to be anathema to the public policy of the City."
"The resolution makes it clear that Starkville is a community that works proactively to prevent workplace discrimination before it happens," said Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman. "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said that 'we must learn to live together as brothers...' I hope the equality resolution lives up to the beliefs of Dr. King and sends a message that Starkville is a city that is intolerant of discrimination against anyone and in any form."
Yes, this actually happened -- in Mississippi. What an incredibly amazing, symbolic step forward. The times, they are a-changin', folks.
The full text of Starkville's resolution is after the jump.