Bay council passes anti-discrimination resolution
By Dwayne Bremer
May 7, 2014, 10:02
The Bay St. Louis City Council on Tuesday passed an anti-discrimination resolution, the first such resolution passed by a city on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Bay St. Louis resident Pat Robinson presented the resolution to the council Tuesday and Councilmen voted for it 7-0.
The resolution states that the city is opposed to and will not accept discrimination of any type.
"The mayor and city council declare it the policy of the city of Bay St. Louis to reject discrimination of any kind and to respect the inherent worth of every person without regards to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity and expression, age, marital status, sexual-orientation, family status, veteran status, disability, or source of income," the resolution said.
The passing of the resolution is being praised by many, most notably the Gulf Coast's LBGT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) community.
"This is an exciting moment in history," Mississippi Gulf Coast Lesbian and Gay Community Center President Jeff White said Wednesday. "It is a small step towards a larger goal and I am looking forward to seeing other cities follow Bay St. Louis' lead."
Bay St. Louis City Councilman Jeff Reed said Tuesday that the resolution was "easy" to approve.
"The way it was presented, it was very generic," Reed said. "We want to show that we are not in favor of any type of discrimination. As long as someone follows the law and rules and regulations, we welcome them to Bay St. Louis."
White said that although his group is excited about the resolution, other groups can be pleased with it too.
"It is not just about the gay community," White said. "It is about everyone. It just makes sense."