John O’Neill, a leader in the Saturday demonstration against State Rep. Jack Franks’ co-sponsorship of a bill that would statutorily codify the legalize abortion in Illinois during the last trimester of pregnancy, sends the following information about the rally against gay marriage in the same Woodstock location.
“We had a decent turnout for the Support Traditional Marriage Prayer Vigil and Rally outside Jack Franks’ Woodstock office today.
“Despite the short notice, Joyce Story called me on Friday while Basia & I were attending the Speech class we are enrolled in through MCC (Basia pursuing a Nursing Degree while I am finishing my Business Degree).
“Basia & I arrived with 5 of our children around 11:30 to see roughly 30 people in attendance.
“Over the next 15-20 minutes the crowd swelled to well over 100 men, women, and children coming out to join us during the lunch hour of a balmy 40ish degree late-winter day with the sun shining down upon us all.
“Apparently Jack was there before we got there but scooted, telling those present that he had a previously scheduled appointment in Chicago.
“He went on to say that he had wished he had known we were coming, he’d have switched his appointments around in order to meet with us – Really?!
“His staffers were nice, actually they brought out cookies and a couple spoke with some of those among us; I would imagine their account will be forthcoming.
“Although the turnout was smaller compared to the March, 2009 rally against the “Illinois FOCA bill” HB2354, considering the last-minute nature and the fact that this event was held on a weekday (as opposed to a Saturday the last time) we are all feeling pretty good about it.
“The reaction from passers-by was OVERWHELMINGLY positive.
“I saw only two people flashing negative gestures and my 10 year-old daughter Cecilia told me she had heard some vulgarities directed at the group that she was standing with.
“Innumerable motorists honked and flashed thumbs-up signs for us restoring my confidence in the Conservative nature of the good folks of McHenry County despite the fact that they continue to elect Jack.”
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In November of 2011, Patriots United held a demonstration against the civil unions bill in front of Franks’ office. Franks voted for the bill.
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A man who drove past the demonstration twice said there were about 30 participants the first time and well over a hundred the second time.