Illinois gay marriage OK’d for couples facing life-threatening illness

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A federal judge gave the go ahead to early marriage licenses for same-sex couples dealing with life threatening illness.

Illinois’s same sex marriage law doesn’t go into effect until June 1.

But less than three weeks ago, Vernita Gray and Patricia Ewert were allowed to become the state’s first legally married lesbians, because Gray is terminally ill.

That case triggered a class action lawsuit for other couples in similar circumstances.

The judge ordered Cook County to issue early licenses for couples who have a doctor’s certification that one or both of the partners may not live to be married on June 1st.


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