With same-sex marriage being legalized in Illinois this month, gay couples can begin jumping the broom in June, when the law goes into effect, but for one Cook County couple, they don’t have that kind of time.
Vernita Gray has cancer that has spread to her brain and bones and she isn’t expected to live long enough to marry in June. Because of that, gay rights groups Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois filed a lawsuit to request a marriage license for Gray and her spouse, Patricia Ewert, immediately so Gray can marry the one she loves before she passes.
On Monday, the couple got what they wanted. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Durkin ruled that the Cook County Clerk will issue an early marriage license to Ewert and Gray, and the County Clerk, who supported gay marriage, is happy to do it.
“My office will comply with the judge’s orders and expedite a marriage license to this couple – a service already granted to heterosexual couples in similar situations,” said Cook County Clerk David Orr.
Ewert and Gray intend to marry next week.
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