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Wausau group plans to celebrate same-sex love

WAUSAU (WAOW) - Plans to celebrate same sex couples in central Wisconsin are still on, even after a hold on same sex marriages.

Earlier this month, a judge struck down Wisconsin's ban on same sex marriages. Hundreds of gay couples tied the knot in the Badger state. But that same judge put a stop to those ceremonies while the state attorney general appeals the decision.

Organizers for the Event for Equality say they hope that ruling will only bring more support.

The March for Equality is scheduled for Saturday in Wausau. It will start in Marathon Park at noon and end at the 400 Block.

One year after the first March for Equality in Wausau, organizers say they can't wait to do it all over again.

"Last year was hands down, the best day of my life. I was overwhelmed at all the people that showed up on such spur of the moment event planning," said Shannon Thomas, Event for Equality president.

With a little more planning this year, organizers added a ceremony of love to the day's events.

"Whether or not it's legal, we're all going to celebrate our love for each other and have a great time," said Thomas.

Couples of all orientations are invited to celebrate their relationship, renew their vows, or get engaged. But, after a federal judge put a hold on same-sex marriages, no legal marriages will take place.

"I really don't think it's going to impact the mood of the event. I'm actually hoping it will bring in the additional support we're looking for to support the movement for equality," said Jennifer Krug, Event for Equality vice president.

"You know you can't stop progress. I know there's a hold and they've got to get their paperwork in line but it's just a matter of time. And we're here to show the community how strong we are and how many voices are coming together for this change," said Thomas.

Organizers say about 400 people came to the event last year and they hope even more people fill the 400 Block for this year's event.

"We're really just looking to promote a positive environment. Bring in support systems, resources from all over the state. And just show the need for equality is here," said Krug.

All the events are free and open to the public.

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