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Judge's order lets same-sex couple marry early
Federal court ordered marriage license for women, one of whom is terminally ill

A same-sex Chicago couple will be allowed to marry this week, seven months before the state's new law goes into effect, after a federal court ordered that the Cook County clerk immediately issue them a license, officials said. Vernita Gray and Patricia Ewert will be issued their license early because Gray is battling terminal cancer, their attorneys said. County Clerk David Orr said he would comply with Monday's order by U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin. "This has been an amazingly wonderful surprise and we are thrilled beyond belief," Ewert said. "The judge was an amazing human being who understands our struggle. I'm surprised, happy,...

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