Gay Couple, One of Whom is Terminally Ill, Will Be First to Marry in Illinois After Judge’s Order


Vernita Gray and Patricia Ewert will become the first gay couple to marry in Illinois after an order from the U.S. District Court in Chicago, requesting that the Cook County clerk's office issue an expedited marriage license because Gray is terminally ill, NBC Chicago reports:

County Clerk David Orr said he will comply with the court's order, handed down Monday by Judge Thomas Durkin.

A lawsuit was filed Friday by Lambda Legal and the ACLU of Illinois seeking immediate action for Vernita Gray and Patricia Ewert. Gray has bone and brain cancer and is not expected to live until Illinois' gay marriage law goes into effect June 1.
Camilla Taylor of the gay rights group Lambda Legal says Gray wishes to marry the woman she loves before she dies.

Orr says his office will expedite a marriage license to Gray and Taylor, adding it's a service already granted to heterosexual couples in similar situations.


  1. SFOnDCA says

    Congratulations to the lovely couple. I am so happy that Ms. Gray will be Mrs. Gray and that she and her beloved will spend their remaining time together as a married couple. Your love and your impending marriage are both reasons to celebrate the triumph of love over hate. Mazel Tov!

  2. Lexis says

    @Buster – I’m guessing the clerk responded in order to affirm that he’s not about to delay things by appealing the court’s order, as seems to happen sometimes whenever marriage equality is involved and there’s a clerk with a political agenda.

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