Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2019-05-08
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Court orders marriage license for terminally ill Chicago woman
Immediate action for Vernita Gray and Patricia Ewert
2013-11-25

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


From a press release

( CHICAGO ) November 25, 2013 — Today, a federal court ordered the Cook County Clerk to immediately issue a marriage license to a lesbian couple in Chicago. Lambda Legal and the ACLU of Illinois filed the case on Friday, November 22, seeking immediate action for Vernita Gray and Patricia Ewert.

______________

[UPDATE Nov. 27, 3:30pm at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Gray-and-Ewert-make-history-as-first-Illinois-same-sex-marriage/45349.html . ]

______________

The ruling comes in advance of the June 1, 2014 implementation date of the recently enacted law that extends the freedom to marry to same-sex couples. Ms. Gray has cancer that has spread to her bones and brain and will likely not live until the marriage law goes into effect. Judge Thomas Durkin issued the order in Chicago this afternoon.

"Vernita is terminally ill and she wishes to marry the woman she loves before she dies—and now she won't have to wait another day," said Camilla Taylor, Marriage Project Director for Lambda Legal. "These two women, who have loved and cared for each other in good times and bad, through sickness and through health, will get to know what it means to be married."

Ms. Gray and Ms. Ewert have been in a committed, loving relationship for five years. After a first date that included a play at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, the couple has been inseparable.

Ms. Gray was first diagnosed with cancer in 1996. Despite years of treatment and therapy, the cancer now imminently threatens her life. As the couple struggles through this difficult time together, marriage would not only allow the couple to celebrate their commitment to each other but also provide protection for Ms. Ewert.

"I have two cancers, bone and brain and I just had chemo today - I am so happy to get this news. I'm excited to be able to marry and take care of Pat, my partner and my family, should I pass."

"The court recognized that Vernita and Pat should not be denied the freedom to marry simply because of the arbitrary nature of the start date of the new law," added John Knight, LGBT Project Director at the ACLU of Illinois. "Their love deserves the dignity of marriage now and there is simply no justification for forcing them to wait."

The ACLU of Illinois and Lambda Legal asked that the case be heard on an emergency basis. Lawyers from Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, joined by counsel at Kirkland & Ellis and Miller, Shakman and Beem, asked the federal district court in Chicago to allow Mr. Orr to issue Ms. Gray and Ms. Ewert a marriage license so that they can be immediately married.


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Lightfoot signs first executive order 2019-05-21 - In her first hours after being sworn in as the 56th mayor of the City of Chicago, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot signed her ...


Gay News

Lightfoot sworn in as Chicago Mayor 2019-05-20 - Attorney Lori Lightfoot became the 56th mayor of Chicago the morning of May 20. Accompanied by her wife and family, Lightfoot was sworn ...


Gay News

Taiwan becomes first Asian country to OK same-sex marriage 2019-05-18 - On May 17, Taiwan's legislature became the first in Asia ( by a vote of 66 to 27 ) to fully legalize same-sex ...


Gay News

Van Ness, Gadsby at Chicago Theatre in June 2019-05-18 - LGBT celebrities Jonathan Van Ness and comedian Hannah Gadsby will be performing in separate shows at The Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., ...


Gay News

Honorary Pride Parade grand marshal named 2019-05-16 - PRIDEChicago has announced that the honorary grand marshal for this year's Chicago 50th Annual Pride Parade will be newly elected Chicago Mayor Lori ...


Gay News

Lightfoot names senior staff, finance positions 2019-05-15 - Mayor-elect Lori E. Lightfoot made the first announcement of key members of her administration's leadership team. The senior staff announced May 15 ...


Gay News

CEO to speak on food distribution issues 2019-05-14 - Beth Ford, president and CEO of Arden Hills, Minnesota-based Land O'Lakes, Inc., will speak on Thursday, May 23 at noon at a meeting ...


Gay News

WORLD Extremists charged, Virgin Mary controversy, Taiwan marriage bill 2019-05-14 - Eight Islamist extremists from a banned group were charged by Bangladesh police for the 2016 murders of two prominent gay-rights activists, AFP reported. ...


Gay News

SHOWBIZ Robin Roberts, 'Wicked Fun,' Fox shows, rock band Thunderpussy 2019-05-14 - Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts is receiving a special honor at the 2019 NBA Awards, Extra reported. Roberts will be honored with ...


Gay News

Majority of Public Favors Same-Sex Marriage, Divisions Persist 2019-05-14 - WASHINGTON, D.C. ( May 14, 2019 ) — After years of generally steady increases, opinions about same-sex marriage are mostly unchanged since 2017. ...


 



Copyright © 2019 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.