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CHICAGO, IL (KTVI) - Illinois won't have to wait until next summer to see its first same-sex marriage. A US District Court Judge in Chicago is allowing a same sex couple to tie the knot earlier because one of the women is terminally ill.
Vernita Gray has bone and brain cancer. She will now be able to marry her long-time partner, Patricia Ewert, after the judge ordered the Cook County Clerk's Office to issue a marriage license to the couple.
Starting next June Illinois law will allow all same-sex couples to get marriage licenses.