State's First Same-Sex Marriage Could Happen Today
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 this week.
Vernita Gray and Patricia Ewert sued the state to get an expedited marriage license – the women have been engaged for several years, and Gray is terminally ill.
A federal judge told the Cook County clerk to expedite the women’s marriage license because Gray is not expected to live until June 1, when the same-sex marriage law goes into effect.
The wedding ceremony will be private and could be held as early as today.