Hundreds Show Support for Gay Equality

After several weeks of confusion and controversy, members of Wausau's gay community were finally able to take to the streets in a show of support for LGBT equality.
The group gathered in Marathon Park before walking to the 400 Block in downtown Wausau.
As many as 300 people were believed to have attended today's march.

Today's equality march was initially created by a group of local LGBT activists who wanted to offer an alternative to Wausau's controversial gay pride parade that was supposed to take place today.
While it was announced that the gay pride parade would be canceled earlier this week, it didn't stop people from coming out in force to today's equality march.

The goal of today's march was to help break down stereotypes. Organizers also wanted to bring together members of Northcentral Wisconsin's gay community. That is one of the major reasons why people like Samantha Masterton turned out today.

"These people are my friends and I consider them family because we are all part of that great human race. I am in it for the solidarity and the hugs." Masterton said.

The event organizers say they were surprised by what a large turnout today's event received.
They also say that they plan to continue holding the equality march again next year.