Starkville, Miss., aldermen: No insurance coverage for same-sex partners


STARKVILLE, Miss. — Starkville aldermen have overridden the mayor’s veto of their earlier decision to bar city employees from buying buy health insurance coverage for unmarried domestic partners, including those of the same sex.

Starkville-MSThe Starkville Daily News reports that Tuesday’s vote to override was 5-2 — the same as the vote to rescind the policy on Jan. 6.

Mayor Parker Wiseman previously vetoed the aldermens’ plans to rescind the partner coverage. It took five votes to override the mayor’s veto.

Wiseman says he’s unaware of any employee signing up their partner for insurance coverage.

Republican Alderman Ben Carver told The Associated Press last September that he and his colleagues didn’t have full information about insurance options when they originally approved the plan. Carver blameed the Democratic mayor for that.

After the original approval, the Human Rights Campaign praised Starkville for becoming the first Mississippi city to offer insurance coverage for LGBT partners of municipal employees.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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