The first gay pride parade is scheduled to take place in Wausau in about a week. While preparations for the parade are underway, one city council member is making it clear--he's not rolling out the welcome mat.
Wausau City Council member David Nutting is open about his views on Wausau's first gay pride parade.
"Where in no doubt, their choice of indecent behavior will be on full display, for influential children and the media to proclaim it worldwide," said Nutting at Tuesday night's city council meeting.
"I ask that all residents stay away from the parade, or if you do go, stand with your back to the parade of deviant behaving individuals," said Nutting in that meeting.
Supporters of the parade say that's not right.
"I think to encourage people to show up and demonstrate against this thing, is a big mistake and it doesn't create a good image for us as a community," said Marathon County Board Member Jim Rosenberg.
It's unclear how many people will be participating in the parade. Organizers did not return my calls.
"They can have their parade, but is it the right thing for the city? I don't believe so," Nutting told Newsline 9.
"We should be a big enough community to embrace all of the people that want to be a part of it and that includes people that are gay," Rosenberg told Newsline 9.
City officials say organizers have been given proper permits for the event. Several local businesses in downtown Wausau are also participating.
WHAT: Wausau's first Gay Pride Parade
WHEN: June 22, 3 p.m.
WHERE: Starts at Marathon Park, ends at 400 block in downtown Wausau