Members of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in McHenry (Tree of Life). Parents and Families of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) and Fortunate Families, a Catholic family group, will stage a silent roadside vigil for Marriage Equality on Friday, April 19 in Crystal Lake at the corner of Rt. 14 and Main Street from 5 to 6:30 pm.
The vigil is in support of the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act which is now pending in the Illinois House after passing the Senate.
It is the second vigil the groups have scheduled. One in McHenry on March 22 attracted more than 50 participants and an enthusiastic response from passing motorists.
“As long as the issue remains pending in Illinois, we will continue to witness for justice and stand on the side of love,” according to Patrick Murfin, Chair of the UU Congregation’s Social Justice Committee. Similar vigils will be held in other McHenry County communities.
The vigil follows up on “lobbying in mass” visits to local legislators and an ongoing phone, e-mail, and letter writing campaign,
“The time has come,” Murfin said noting that polling suggests a solid and growing majority of Illinois residents now support same sex marriage.
Anyone can join the vigil. Volunteers are urged to bring their own signs and maintain a thoughtful and respectful attitude.
For more information contact Patrick Murfin, 815 814-5645 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .