HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WTVA) — The town of Hattiesburg became the second municipality in the state to pass a resolution recognizing the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
The city of Starkville took a similar action in January.
“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.”
The Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin applauded the town's decision.
“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," said Chad Griffin, Human Rights Campaign president. "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.”
Officials with the Human Rights Campaign said the resolution passed unanimously.