Starkville Pride’s request to hold a parade March 24 was denied by the Starkville City Council on Tuesday.

The group supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people applied for a special event request to host the 2018 Pride Parade and have city participation with in-kind services, but in a 4-3 vote the city council denied the request.

After the meeting, council members who voted against the parade, Ben Carver, David Little and Roy A. Perkins left from the municipal courtroom’s back entrance. Henry Vaughn, who also voted no, declined to comment on his vote.

Mayor Lynn Spruill said she spoke with Oxford Mayor Robyn Tannehill, who praised the success of the city’s LGBT pride parade.

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