Late gay rights pioneer honored at memorial

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A gay rights pioneer in Chicago was honored today during a memorial at the Goodman Theater.

Vernita Gray died from cancer earlier this month.She and her longtime partner became the state’s first same-sex couple to be married.

They were granted special permission by a court to marry before the law takes effect because of Gray’s health situation.

Governor Pat Quinn and other local leaders stopped by to pay their respects.

Gray was 65-years-old.