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Mississippi town rescinds health coverage for unmarried domestic partners

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Starkville officials are now saying they won’t let city employees buy health insurance coverage for unmarried domestic partners, including those of the same sex.

Starkville-MSAldermen voted 5-2 Tuesday night to rescind the insurance plan that had been in effect since last fall.

Mayor Parker Wiseman says he will veto the decision. It would take five votes to override the veto.

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

The vote was announced after a closed door meeting of the board with no public explanation or discussion.

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

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