The resolution is not binding, but it is historic.
It's the first time a municipality in Mississippi has ever officially recognized the dignity of its LGBT residents, according to HRC's Chad Griffin.
"The city of Starkville, Mississippi is sending a message to its residents that all people – regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity – are worthy of respect and equality," Griffin said in a statement. "These are fundamental American values, and Mayor Parker Wiseman and the Starkville City Council are setting an inspiring example for their fellow lawmakers in surrounding cities and towns."
Griffin called for a continued push "for ordinances that codify these values into law across the state, the impact of this resolution on LGBT people – particularly youth – will be powerful."