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Vernita Gray remembered as `inspiration`

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(Vernita on left side) (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) (Vernita on left side) (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago's mayor and the governor of Illinois are among those celebrating the life of gay rights activist Vernita Gray, who died Tuesday at age 65.

Gray and her partner, Patricia Ewert, wed in the state's first same-sex marriage in November. Her terminal cancer and her wish to marry convinced a federal judge to order an expedited marriage license. That allowed the couple to get married before the June 1 effective date of Illinois' new same-sex marriage law.

Gray had worked for gay rights for decades.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel praised Gray's work for equality and civil rights in a statement Wednesday, calling her "an inspiration to all who crossed her path."

Gov. Pat Quinn says Gray "fought for what she believed in and made a difference for people across Illinois."

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