Hattiesburg, Mississippi passes resolution recognizing LGBT - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Hattiesburg, Mississippi passes resolution recognizing LGBT residents

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

This is a news release from the Hattiesburg City Council

Hattiesburg, Mississippi tonight unanimously passed a resolution recognizing the dignity and worth of all city residents – including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT). Hattiesburg is the second Mississippi municipality to pass such a resolution in the past month, with the city of Starkville taking similar action last month.

Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin issued the following statement:

"Amid a growing number of victories for equality across the country, city leaders in Hattiesburg tonight chose to send a powerful message to their residents that all people are worthy of dignity and respect. When local leaders like Mayor Johnny DuPree and members of the city council affirm the inherent value of LGBT people, they are affecting profound change that will improve lives. While we still have work ahead of us, there's no question that equality is marching forward and attitudes are changing in Mississippi faster than we've seen ever before." 

"Hattiesburg is a community that is strongest when all of our residents feel they can live openly and safely," said Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree. "We draw our strength from our diversity – our different backgrounds, our different talents, our different passions. I'd like to thank the city council for joining me tonight in making this very important resolution a reality."

Public opinion on equality in Mississippi is far ahead of law in the state. A poll conducted last summer found that nearly 60 percent of Mississippians under the age of 30 support marriage equality, while  64 percent of residents back workplace non-discrimination protections for LGBT employees.

The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • Ellisville man charged with murder of wife

    Ellisville man charged with murder of wife

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 5:58 PM EST2018-02-20 22:58:37 GMT
    Whitney G. Kitchens, 42, was charged with second degree murder. (Photo source: Jones County Sheriff's Dept.)Whitney G. Kitchens, 42, was charged with second degree murder. (Photo source: Jones County Sheriff's Dept.)

    An Ellisville man has been charged with murder in the shooting death of his wife. Jones County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Whitney G. Kitchens, 42, on Tuesday after responding to a shots fired complain on Oak Bowery Road in Ellisville, according to a Jones County Sheriff's Department press release.  Deputies were advised that the suspect had shot his wife multiple times. The victim, Erin Elizabeth Kitchens, 43, was pronounced dead at the scene. Whitney Kitc...

    More >>

    An Ellisville man has been charged with murder in the shooting death of his wife. Jones County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Whitney G. Kitchens, 42, on Tuesday after responding to a shots fired complain on Oak Bowery Road in Ellisville, according to a Jones County Sheriff's Department press release.  Deputies were advised that the suspect had shot his wife multiple times. The victim, Erin Elizabeth Kitchens, 43, was pronounced dead at the scene. Whitney Kitc...

    More >>
  • Hattiesburg pastor speaks at PRCC Black History Program

    Hattiesburg pastor speaks at PRCC Black History Program

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 5:57 PM EST2018-02-20 22:57:25 GMT
    Pastor Tony Reimonenq, Jr. speaks to students and faculty at an annual Black History Month program at PRCC in Hattiesburg Tuesday. Photo credit WDAM.Pastor Tony Reimonenq, Jr. speaks to students and faculty at an annual Black History Month program at PRCC in Hattiesburg Tuesday. Photo credit WDAM.

    The speaker at a Black History Month event in Hattiesburg Tuesday talked about the importance of faith.  Tony Reimonenq, Jr. is the executive pastor of West Point Baptist Church.  He addressed students and faculty at an annual Black History Month program at he Forrest County campus of Pearl River Community College. It was organized by the college's History and Humanities Club.  "The principle that the people before us exuded was faithfulness in spite of, puttin...

    More >>

    The speaker at a Black History Month event in Hattiesburg Tuesday talked about the importance of faith.  Tony Reimonenq, Jr. is the executive pastor of West Point Baptist Church.  He addressed students and faculty at an annual Black History Month program at he Forrest County campus of Pearl River Community College. It was organized by the college's History and Humanities Club.  "The principle that the people before us exuded was faithfulness in spite of, puttin...

    More >>
  • Walk-On's breaks ground on first MS location

    Walk-On's breaks ground on first MS location

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 4:29 PM EST2018-02-20 21:29:46 GMT
    Franchise owners break ground on the first Walk-On's location in Mississippi. (Photo Source: WDAM)Franchise owners break ground on the first Walk-On's location in Mississippi. (Photo Source: WDAM)

    A taste of the bayou is coming to the Hub City. Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar, a Baton Rouge-based restaurant, hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday.  

    More >>

    A taste of the bayou is coming to the Hub City. Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar, a Baton Rouge-based restaurant, hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday.  

    More >>
Powered by Frankly