Mississippi’s eventual recognition of marriage equality means additional spouses of city and county workers will be eligible to receive health insurance, officials confirmed Friday.
Starkville’s statement of equality and its plus-one insurance offering will remain off the books after aldermen overrode Mayor Parker Wiseman’s vetoes 5-2 Tuesday.
On Monday, Starkville residents will march in solidarity of equal rights during Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
One day later, aldermen are expected to rubberstamp decisions that critics say take away equality from members of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender community.
Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman issued his promised vetoes of two board resolutions.
Documents show Vice Mayor Roy A. Perkins initiated Tuesday’s executive session motions that repealed Starkville’s resolution supporting equality and amended the city’s plus-one insurance option to only spouses in state-recognized marriages.
When aldermen vote tonight whether to override Mayor Parker Wiseman’s veto of a board action that limited Starkville’s plus-one health insurance policy to only legally married spouses, both supporters and detractors of the change will turn their attention to Ward 2 Alderman Lisa Wynn for her decision to either abstain or take a stance on the issue.
As a Baptist pastor, I am saddened by the decision of the Board of Aldermen to go back on its initial “Plus-One” insurance option.
Upon further review, the Starkville Board of Aldermen, most of them at least, would like you to know that God doesn’t hate gay people; he just hates giving them health insurance.