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Madison Pride Parade, just weeks after domestic partner registries

MADISON (WKOW) -- Costumes, floats, and crowds through downtown Madison helped mark major milestones for the local gay community.

Floats of all shapes and sizes strolled around the capitol for this year's pride parade. It was followed by entertainment at the Alliant Energy Center's Willow Island.

Participants at this year's event were out in large numbers to celebrate equality, and Wisconsin Capitol Pride says the event is also commemorating the historical struggle for gay rights.

"It just means more rights -- more of an equality -- like everyone else can do this so why can't we, just because we like the same gender," said Deb Trudeau.

Three weeks ago, same-sex couples in Wisconsin earned the right to apply for domestic partnership benefits.

Since then, more than 400 couples in Wisconsin have applied..

The registry faces a legal challenge that it violates Wisconsin's constitutional ban against gay marriage, or anything similar.

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