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Three MS cities have passed LGBT equality resolutions. Starkville, Hattiesburg and now Oxford. While not nearly as eloquent as the Starkville's resolution I posted in my last diary. Hattiesburg's is pretty plain Jane and straight forward.

WHEREAS, the City of Oxford believes that diversity strengthens communities, enhances economic growth by helping attract business and create jobs, and is vital to the quality of life that makes Oxford a wonderful place to live and work, and

WHEREAS, a commitment to diversity recognizes that all individuals have inherent worth and should be treated with dignity and respect without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, sexual orientation, family status, veteran status, disability or source of income, and

WHEREAS, tolerance and acceptance will strengthen bonds between neighbors and will foster a welcoming environment for visitors, students and new residents;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the City of Oxford declare it the policy of the City to reject discrimination of any kind and to respect the inherent worth of every person without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, sexual orientation, family status, veteran status, disability or source of income, this the 4th day of March, 2014.

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  •  Ah never mind (2+ / 0-)
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    blueoasis, Louisiana 1976

    the resolutions are basically the same. It was the mayor of Starkville that spoke eloquently.

  •  Great! (1+ / 0-)
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    akze29

    typo in title.

    "Tax cuts for the 1% create jobs." -- Republicans, HAHAHA - in China

    by MartyM on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 07:09:58 AM PST

  •  good to see this. (3+ / 0-)
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    akze29, blueoasis, Louisiana 1976

    Thanks for reminding us that there are changes happening in places like MS.

    Please don't piss all over my shoes and tell me it is raining. I know better. And you're getting my shoes wet.

    by kaminpdx on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 07:41:38 AM PST

  •  The three main university towns, then. (0+ / 0-)

    Starkville: Mississippi State University
    Hattiesburg: University of Southern Mississippi
    Oxford: University of Mississippi aka Ole Miss

    That's progress, but please keep in mind that MS natives who return to their hometowns often see their college years as vaguely experimental (no matter how routine they actually are) and may not support equality as much at 32 once they're attending Baptist churches regularly as they did at 21.

    That said, there will be some who do become more tolerant & broadminded in college and stay that way.  They're usually the ones most likely to leave the state, but some do stay.  Every bit helps, anyway.

    "Conservative principles" are marketing props used by the Conservative Movement to achieve political power, not actual beliefs. -Glenn Greenwald

    by latts on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 10:09:26 AM PST

    •  As a native MS gulf coastin (1+ / 0-)
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      LuvSet

      I assure you support for marriage equality in the state has fallowed the same trajectory every other sate in the union has. Keep in mind support for marriage equality in Texas now exceeds the support, the people of Massachusetts had for marriage equality, when same sex marriage became legal in Massachusetts back in 03 by 10 points. People are people. If you look at the polling believe it or not, the south has more support for same sex marriage than the north east of ten years ago. Mississippi is not some kind of strange land of assholes. All regions of the US are not nearly as far apart on things like equality, gun control, or abortion as most like to think. Hell the people of MS voted down a personhood bill not to long ago. MS has polled over 50% support for Same sex marriage or civil union. Texas is at 48% support for same sex marriage excluding civil unions. MS and by extension the south is not a magical place where people have no sense of logic or empathy. Sure culture has a place in forming peoples view of the world, but no matter where ya go a large % of people are just regular good people who have empathy, and can think for themselves. Do asshole abound? sure they do everywhere though.

      •  I'm also a MS native (1+ / 0-)
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        akze29

        However, I'm not from the coastal area (Meridian, actually) and I haven't set foot in the state in seven years, so I get most of my info from Facebook & the relatives who do still visit there.  Eventually, of course, plenty of people will pretend that they were always in favor of gay marriage & they simply don't know why the state got such a bad rap.

        And I agree that Mississippi does progress somewhat; it's just that it starts out so far behind in cultural terms that it'd have to take giant, transformative leaps to catch up.  Maybe the internet will help, although I mostly see a bunch of prayer & gun stuff (or I did before hiding those folks).

        "Conservative principles" are marketing props used by the Conservative Movement to achieve political power, not actual beliefs. -Glenn Greenwald

        by latts on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 04:39:45 PM PST

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        •  I agree it has a long way to go (0+ / 0-)

          I will also agree that support is not growing as fast as it is in other parts of the US, but the idea that the only growth occurs with the collage educated (and they leave the state anyway) has not been my experience on the cost. Support has seamed to grow across the board. Slowly but there has been growth. I would guess the younger crowd supports it by a very large margin down here. In 12 years I would guess it same sex marriage would pass. Like I said same sex marriage or civil unions currently has over 50% support right now, it was a ppp poll and didn't brake down how much support there was for both individually, but the take away from the poll is at the very least 50% support equal benefits. I imagine support for employment protection is over 60% at least. I know Texas is more progressive than MS but support for employment protection has repeatedly been well over 75%. I can't imagine MS is substantially far behind.

          •  Most people I know are Gen-Xers, of course (0+ / 0-)

            Maybe the kids are better, although they're still way overchurched as far as I can tell.  IME conservatives may agree on policy issues but often reverse course when they realize they agree with hated liberals.  It'll be quite some time before Mississippi's power structures agree with the majority, in any case.

            "Conservative principles" are marketing props used by the Conservative Movement to achieve political power, not actual beliefs. -Glenn Greenwald

            by latts on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 06:59:43 PM PST

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  •  "gender identity or expression" (1+ / 0-)
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    akze29

    nice to see this matter-of-factly included

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