Starkville, Mississippi Mayor Parker Wiseman on Friday announced that the city will offer domestic partner benefits to its LGBT employees.

The move makes Starkville the state's first governmental entity to offer such benefits, according to The Clarion-Ledger.

The Starkville Board of Aldermen unanimously approved the measure.

According to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest LGBT rights advocate, the benefits include medical coverage.

“Loving LGBT couples should have equal access to medical care, and we applaud the Mayor and the Board of Aldermen for their leadership on this critical issue,” said HRC Mississippi Director Rob Hill. “This measure successfully provides the necessary benefits that the partners of hardworking LGBT city workers deserve, and the city of Starkville demonstrated its commitment to uphold the Golden Rule by treating them with dignity and respect.”

The campus of Mississippi State University, the state's largest university, is located directly to the east of Starkville and is the city's largest employer.