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      City council agenda item sparks rally

      A rally at the Point Shelter at Thousand Hills State Park promoted protecting the rights of citizens from discrimination based on several things, including sexual orientation.

      An agenda item on Monday's Kirksville City Council agenda sparks a rally, as council members consider the formation of a Human Rights Commission.

      The rally at the Point Shelter at Thousand Hills State Park promoted protecting the rights of citizens from discrimination based on several things including sexual orientation.

      Alyssa Billington, the president of Truman State University's Prism, a gay and straight alliance, says she is glad the community has come together to support equal rights among all.

      "I just know that there's a lot of support from the community, there's going to be a lot of people there," said Alyssa Billington the president of Prism Organization at Truman State University. "It's just really important for people to get out there and help with this. I'm glad that this rally is happening. I'm glad that prism could help out with the rally so we could get people excited for it."

      The Human Rights Commission could consist of nine Kirksville residents broadly representing color, disability, gender or sexual orientation.

      Alyssa says the community has been very supportive in hopes of the approval of a Human Rights Commission in Kirksville.