STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - The mayor of Starkville is upset as some members of the Board of Aldermen voted to deny a pride parade.
On Tuesday, board members voted 4-3 to deny the gay pride parade in the city for March.
Starkville Mayor Lynn Spruill went to Twitter to voice her frustration.
This was not our finest hour and I am sorry that the message sent was the diminishment of the value of a large group of our most vulnerable and gentle citizenry. It was a parade not a protest march, but that too could change. https://t.co/ktC6DCcRDm
— Lynn Spruill (@lynn_spruill) February 21, 2018
News of the vote has made its way across the country to national news media.
"We had an opportunity to be very inclusive and appreciate diversity, but we chose another route and I'm sorry about that," she stated.
Spruill says she does not have the authority to override that vote.
WTVA's Wayne Hereford reached out to the aldermen who voted against the parade permit but was given "no comment."