Jackson, Mississippi Stands Up.


LGBT residents of Jackson, Miss., now have citywide protection from discrimination in housing, employment, and public services.

Jackson’s new ant-discrimination ordinance was passed by a unanimous vote of the City Council Tuesday evening, The Clarion-Ledger reports. Mississippi’s capital and largest city made a loud statement to Republican Gov. Phil Bryant and other state leaders who in April passed one of the nation’s most egregious anti-LGBT laws.


Regardless, Jackson’s new ordidance is a huge step forward for one of the most conservative states in the nation. Whether there will be a statewide backlash — like what occurred when Charlotte, N.C., passed a now-defunct nondiscrimination ordinance — should be known soon.

“I think that this City Council along with the mayor have said repeatedly that Jackson is not a place that will tolerate discrimination of any kind,” Councilman Tyrone Hendrix (pictured, above) told The Clarion Ledger. “Tonight’s vote was just more evidence of our sentiments.”

Full Story at the Advocate.


  1. johnson catman says

    The fact that NC’s HB2 prevents local governments from doing the same should be enough to declare it unconstitutional. Still hoping that the courts strike it down because I don’t think the republican legislators nor McCrory will ever back down. Here’s hoping that November will send them packing!

  2. Crimson Clupeidae says

    Silver linings and all that. Good for them. And I too hope that NC’s bill get shot down soon. Has it been challenged yet? A quick google didn’t turn anything up.

  3. blf says

    Jackson’s new ant-discrimination ordinance

    At least all ants are being discriminated against.

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