Illinois allows terminally ill couples to marry ahead of same-sex marriage law

By WEEK Producer

December 16, 2013 Updated Dec 16, 2013 at 11:53 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois has approved gay marriage for terminally ill couples, prior to the laws effective date of June 1, 2014.

Beginning on Monday, same sex couples in Illinois can wed, if one partner has a life-threatening illness.

Last month, a U.S. District Judge issued an order permitting Vernita Gray, who has cancer, to marry her partner Patricia Ewert.

They are first gay couple to wed under Illinois' new law.