CHICAGO (CBS) — Cook County officials expect to issue the county’s 10,000th same-sex marriage license this week.
Cook County became the first in Illinois to allow same-sex couples to wed in February of 2014. Since then, as of Monday morning, 9,990 marriage licenses have been issued to same sex couples, moving closer to the 10,000 mark.
Pat Ewert and her partner Vernita Gray were the first couple same-sex couple legally married. They actually tied the knot before the same-sex marriage law went into effect, when a judge granted them the right to marry early because Gray was dying of cancer.
“As my late wife Vernita used to say that in the 40 plus years that she was out, at the very beginning, the words gay and marriage were never even used in the same sentence and look at what we’ve accomplished today,” Ewert said. “I know Vernita is looking down and smiling right now, and I guess she’s doing a little dance, too.”