MACOMB — The Western Illinois University community pulled together to counter an appearance by Westboro Baptist Church this past Sunday.
The WIU Rally for Love was to give a counter to the Topeka-based anti-LGBTQ church.Westboro was protesting because WIU was playing Indiana State University in a football game. ISU’s football team has an openly gay member.
Tri States Public Radio said that a few hundred came out in the wet and cold weather while Westboro had only six people show up. There were speeches, music and hot chocolate.
WIU student Dannie Kyle helped organize the rally and told the radio station, “I’m just really impressed to see how the community supports people loving each other.”
All photos courtesy of Jennifer Howardby