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Tree of Life to host same-sex marriage ceremony

Published: Monday, May 12, 2014 1:13 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, May 12, 2014 11:05 p.m. CDT

MCHENRY— Invitations are in the mail and circulating on social media for a ceremony “to bear witness to love and commitment at the marriages of our LBGT friends and family” as part of religious services at the Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 5603 Bull Valley Road on Sunday, June 8.

This is the first service after McHenry County residents can legally obtain a marriage license for same gender unions from the McHenry County Clerk’s Office.

The Rev. Sean Parker Dennison said he and the congregation are excited by the opportunity. “We can’t wait to be part of joyful celebrations.  It’s a natural extension of Tree of Life’s commitment to justice and equality.” 

The congregation was a leader in the drive to pass marriage equality in McHenry County. Several couples have already committed to participate, Dennison said, “but there is room for more and we want to hear from any couples who wish to share their joy and special moments with us.”

Dennison will lead the service, but each couple will also have their own co-officiator and exchange their own vows. “We want a personal experience, not a mass wedding.”

The congregation will host a reception following the marriage ceremonies.

For more information, to become one of the couples being married, or to arrange other wedding services contact the church office at (815) 322-2464 or e-mail

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