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 2017-05-24
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Gray and Ewert make history as first Illinois same-sex marriage
Video link below
by Tracy Baim and Matt Simonette
2013-11-27

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

      More Photos


By court order, longtime Chicago lesbian activist Vernita Gray married Pat Ewert, her partner of five years, Nov. 27 on the city's North Side, making them the first same-sex couple to be legally married within Illinois in the state's history.

Judge Patricia Logue, former head of Lambda Legal Midwest and a longtime lesbian activist herself, performed the ceremony in front of several dozen family and friends.

___________

Video by Jean Albright at the link: www.youtube.com/watch .

Photo spread at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/photospreadthumbs.php .

More on the story at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Court-orders-marriage-license-for-terminally-ill-Chicago-woman/45279.html .

___________

In her remarks, Logue called the event "a very personal yet historic occasion—an event long-awaited and hard-won, (and) one that crystallizes the impact of equality and inequality in all our lives. And once, again, as so often happens in our nation's long civil rights journey. As so often happens, we are assisted by a federal court decree in favor of justice and humanity for a minority group."

Logue expressed Gray and Ewert's appreciation to the many people who made the day possible, especially Cook County Clerk David Orr, who refused to have his office defend itself against lawsuits filed against it from Illinoisans demanding marriage equality. "We never met a finer opponent," joked Logue.

Jazz singer Lucy Smith performed a song for the couple. Their friend Paul Fairchild read words of support while Jim Bennett was flower girl. Mary Morten coordinated the celebration. The Blossom Boys provided flowers.

Toasting the couple after the ceremony, Morten said, "It is really hard being first ... but we owe you a huge debt of gratitude for stepping out, for all of us."

"What a perfect way to be with both of you today, and I look forward to celebrating here over and over again," added Bennett.

Two days earlier, a federal court ordered Orr's office to immediately issue a marriage license to the couple, and they did so. Lambda Legal and the ACLU of Illinois filed the case Nov. 22, seeking immediate action due to Gray's failing health. Judge Thomas Durkin issued the decision.

Other marriages in Illinois are not scheduled to start until June 1, 2014, based on passage of the marriage equality law Nov. 5 in Illinois and its subsequent signing by Gov. Pat Quinn Nov. 20

"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, in a press release. "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."

Gray was first diagnosed with cancer in 1996 and the cancer now threatens her life: "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."

Video by Jean Albright at the link: www.youtube.com/watch .



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

Back Lot Bash's 14th year includes top women's pride talent 2017-05-26 - A whirlwind of fun awaits in Chicago this June as Back Lot Bash, Chicago's most attended women's festival taking place every Pride, is ...


Gay News

Marga Gomez in "Latin Standards" June 2 2017-05-26 - GLAAD Award Winner Marga Gomez will present the Chicago premiere of her 2017 Off Broadway hit and New York Times critics pick "Latin ...


Gay News

Taiwan first Asian country to OK marriage 2017-05-24 - On May 24, Taiwan's constitutional court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to legally marry—making it the first Asian country to approve ...


Gay News

'Freedom to Marry' shows Evan Wolfson as marriage architect 2017-05-24 - Widely considered the "architect of same-sex marriage," Evan Wolfson and his colleagues led a decades-long battle to win equal rights for LGBT people, ...


Gay News

King to speak atNU on June 16 2017-05-24 - Advocate/sports icon Billie Jean King will deliver this year's commencement address at Northwestern University on Friday, June 16. King was ranked six times ...


Gay News

Entertainment: Mary Lambert, Jussie Smollett, Manning CD, Harry Styles 2017-05-23 - Lesbian "Same Love" singer Mary Lambert has revealed that she was gang-raped as a teen, according to Page Six. In addition to suffering ...


Gay News

Five Worth Finding: Popcornopolis, The Baton Show Lounge and more 2017-05-23 - —Popcornopolis ( Popcornopolis.com ): Garrett is not the only popcorn master, apparently. Popcornopolis has an incredibly tasty line of offerings, including Zebra Chocolate ...


Gay News

Artemis Singers "Family of Friends" concert June 17 2017-05-23 - CHICAGO ─ Artemis Singers www.artemissingers.org, Chicago's lesbian feminist chorus, will celebrate Pride month with a special concert and dance, "Family of Friends," Saturday, ...


Gay News

Kate Clinton to be honored at Levity & Justice June 22 in New York 2017-05-22 - Washington, DC ( April 27, 2017 ) — LPAC, the national grassroots lesbian political action committee supporting pro-LGBTQ and pro-women's equality candidates, is ...


Gay News

Social media campaign launched supporting suspended Saucedo teacher 2017-05-20 - The groundswell of support for suspended Saucedo special education teacher Sarah Chambers has grown both locally and online since the April 18 rally ...


 



Copyright © 2017 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

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 produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.