Federal judge allows terminally ill woman to marry her partner seven months before same-sex marriage becomes legal in Illinois
Vernita Gray’s breast cancer metastasized to her bones and brain. Her dying wish is to marry her partner, Patricia Ewert. A federal judge mandated that Cook County, Illinois immediately issue them a marriage license. David Orr, the Cook County Clerk, said he was thrilled “at long last” to be able to issue a same-sex marriage certificate. As soon as Gray feels well enough to leave chemotherapy, they’ll get married.