By JIM DALLKE - jdallke@shawmedia.com

McHenry church to meet with lawmakers in support of gay marriage

McHENRY – With a vote on gay marriage likely to take place Thursday in the Illinois Senate, members of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in McHenry will be visiting local lawmakers Monday in support of the legislation.

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation, along with Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, will visit the offices of state Sen. Pam Althoff in McHenry and state Rep. Jack Franks in Woodstock.

Patrick Murfin, chairman of the social justice committee at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, said the gathering will be a “reinforced visit” to remind lawmakers that there is support for marriage equality in McHenry County.

Murfin said they will present both lawmakers with a brief petition showing community support for same-sex marriage. There is not likely to be rallying or marching, Murfin said.

“Marriage equality is a very big deal in the Unitarian Universalist church,” said the Rev. Don Larsen, minister emeritus of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation. “Some of our members and ministers are gay and lesbian. It’s a very important issue that we’ve been focused on for a long time.”

Members of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation and PFLAG are scheduled to arrive at Althoff’s office, 5400 W. Elm St. in McHenry, at 2:30 p.m., and Franks’ office, 1193 S. Eastwood Drive in Woodstock, at 3:30 p.m.

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