Groups plan marriage equality vigil in Crystal Lake

McHENRY – 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 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday in Crystal Lake at the corner of Route 14 and Main Street.

The vigil is in support of the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, which is 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, Patrick Murfin, chairman of the UU Congregation Social Justice Committee, said in a new release.
Similar vigils will be held in other McHenry County communities.

Anyone can join the vigil. Volunteers are urged to bring their own signs and maintain a thoughtful and respectful attitude.

For information, contact Patrick Murfin at 815-814-5645 or email

– Northwest Herald