Wisconsin pride parade canceled after council member goes on anti-gay rant

Council member Nutting expressed concern about gays performing sex acts in public.
Wausau's first gay pride parade, scheduled for tomorrow, has been canceled because of concerns about anti-gay sentiment in the community.

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The decision to cancel comes just over a week after Wausau City Council member David Nutting went on an anti-gay rant during a council meeting.

Nutting expressed concern participants would engage in sex acts in public. He urged residents to "stay away from the parade or if you do go, stand with your back to the parade of deviant-behaving individuals."

"People can practice their passions as they want in the privacy of their own homes," Nutting said. "They do not, I believe, have a right to practice indecent behavior in front of the citizens of Wausau."

The organizer of the pride parade, Daxx Bouvier, told the Wausau Daily Herald he decided to pull the plug on the event after some people who planned to participate expressed concern about their safety.

"I do feel a great sense of loss for the [LGBT] community," he said. "Canceling the parade has set Wausau back 30 years in the way people think about the gay community."

The Herald reports that "a similar but unrelated event" called the March for Equality is still planned for tomorrow afternoon.

To read a full transcript of Nutting's rant, click to page two.

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