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Starkville aldermen on list for 'Muzzle Awards' over pride parade vote

Starkville's aldermen have been targeted by a Virginia-based group for its handling of a gay pride parade in late March.

Posted: May 7, 2018 12:35 PM
Updated: May 7, 2018 12:42 PM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Starkville's aldermen have been targeted by a Virginia-based group for its handling of a gay pride parade in late March.

The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, which says it recognizes "censor-free expression," picked the Starkville alderman as one of its recipients for the "Muzzle Award" on Monday.

The group says the "Muzzle Award" is given to those who undermine free expression and that Starkville officials undermined free expression by originally rejecting a gay pride event in March.

However, the parade was later approved as a result of a tie-breaking vote by Starkville Mayor Lynn Spruill. The parade was held as scheduled on March 24.

MORE: See more recipients here 
VIDEO: First gay pride parade held in Starkville

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