• First same-sex wedding held in Chicago

    by  • November 29, 2013 • News

    Two Chicago women have become the first couple to take their vows under the new same-sex marriage law in Illinois.

    Patricia Ewert and Vernita Gray married in a private ceremony Wednesday, just days after a judge agreed to expedite their wedding because of Gray’s terminal illness.

    This month, Illinois became the 16th state to legalize gay marriage.

    The women, who are in their mid-60s, filed a lawsuit in federal court last week asking for an expedited marriage license because of Gray’s cancer. She had surgery over the summer to remove a tumor from her brain.

    A judge ordered the license Monday, and Cook County clerk officials hand-delivered it.

    They have been engaged since 2009 and hoped to marry in Illinois.