Supers put off LGBT resolution
By Dwayne Bremer
Jul 23, 2014, 09:08
The Hancock County Board of Supervisors on Monday declined to act on a request for a non discrimination resolution.
Instead, supervisors said, they were going to check and see if discrimination safeguards are already in place and take up the matter again at the next board meeting.
Bay St. Louis resident Pat Robinson asked supervisors Monday to adopt the resolution.
Over the past two months, the cities of Bay St. Louis and Waveland have adopted similar resolutions.
The resolution states, in part, that the governing body of the political subdivision will not tolerate discrimination of any type against any sexual-orientation, religion, age group, or social class.
The resolution does not carry any penalties for violation or any endorsement of any particular group.
"It is very broad," Robinson said. "It is more symbolic than anything else."
Although the resolution's language is broad, some groups have used Bay St. Louis and Waveland's recent approval as a victory for its specific cause.
Most notable, the Gulf Coast Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, and Trans-gender (LBGT) communities have sent out press releases and praising the approvals of the resolutions.
Board of Supervisors Vice-President Steve Seymour said Monday that he wanted to wait because he believed the county already had provisions against discrimination.
"I think our personal policy already reflects this," he said. "These things are already in place."
Board President Lisa Cowand asked if any of the board members wanted to make a motion to approve the resolution.
When nobody made a motion, Cowand said supervisors would discuss the matter again at its next meeting on Aug. 4.