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Patricia Ewert, Vernita Gray wed in Illinois' first same-sex marriage

Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Vernita Gray, Patricia Ewert

Holding their Illinois marriage license, Vernita Gray, left, and Patricia Ewert kiss after they were married by Cook County Judge Patricia Logue, the first gay marriage in Illinois, at the couple's home in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Two Chicago women have become the first couple to take their vows under the new same-sex marriage law in Illinois.

Patricia Ewert and Vernita Gray married in a private ceremony Wednesday.

This comes just days after a judge agreed to expedite their wedding because Gray has terminal cancer.

Illinois became the 16th state to legalize gay marriage this month.

State law says the marriages can't begin until June 1.

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