Vernita Gray

 

 

 

Age: 65

 

Summary: gay rights activist who had wed her partner Patricia Ewert in November 2013 in Illinois's first same-sex marriage whose failing health and her wish to marry persuaded a federal judge to order that an expedited marriage license be granted to the couple ahead of the June 1, 2014 effective date of the state's gay marriage law.

 

 

Cause of Death: Breast cancer

 

Born: 1948

 

Died: March 18, 2014

 

Location: Chicago, Illinois