Illinois same-sex couple set to be first to wed

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Chicago (AP) -- Illinois' new same-sex marriage law hasn't taken effect yet, but the first gay couple to take their vows in the state could do so as early as Wednesday.

 

Vernita Gray and Patricia Ewert met five years ago. The women, both in their 60s, have been engaged for several years but Gray is terminally ill. She has cancer in her brain and bones and has undergone numerous treatments. Her partner fears she won't make it until June 1 when the same-sex marriage law goes into effect.

 

Earlier this week a federal judge allowed the Cook County clerk to issue an expedited marriage license after Lambda Legal and the ACLU of Illinois filed a lawsuit.

 

The wedding ceremony will be private and could be held as early as Wednesday.

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