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Seventh Mississippi town passes resolution recognizing LGBT citizens

WAVELAND, Miss. — The city council in Waveland City Council has passed an anti-discrimination resolution recognizing the “dignity and worth of all city residents” — including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.

Waveland, Miss.
Waveland, Miss.

The council voted Wednesday to approve the resolution, according to the Human Rights Campaign.

Waveland is the seventh Mississippi municipality to pass such a resolution; the others are Starkville, Hattiesburg, Greenville, Magnolia, Bay St. Louis and Oxford.

Last month, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a “religious freedom” bill passed by the Mississippi legislature that opponents say could lead to state-sanctioned discrimination against gays.

In response, hundreds of businesses statewide have responded by displaying a decal informing LGBT customers that their business is welcome.

A poll conducted last summer by the HRC found 64 percent of Mississippi residents back workplace non-discrimination protections for LGBT employees and nearly 60 percent of Mississippians under the age of 30 support marriage equality.

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