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City leaders vote against offering insurance to one adult, possibly same-sex partner

Parker Wiseman

Parker Wiseman

STARKVILLE — City of Starkville aldermen are rolling back a decision that would have allowed city employees to buy health insurance coverage for one other adult, including possibly a same-sex partner.

Aldermen yesterday voted 4-2, with one abstention, to limit that benefit to people whom Mississippi considers legally married.

Mayor Parker Wiseman is telling council members that he intends to veto the decision.

Aldermen had approved the change earlier this month, but those pushing repeal say Wiseman and administrators hid their true intent.

Those who oppose the policy told aldermen Tuesday that it goes against biblical morality, while those who favor it said the city should be inclusive.

A gay-rights group, Human Rights Campaign, praised Starkville as Mississippi’s first city to offer insurance options to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender partners of municipal workers.


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