CHICAGO – Governor Quinn today issued the following statement regarding the passing of longtime equality advocate Vernita Gray:
“Vernita Gray was a passionate and driven advocate for equality in Illinois. She recognized that no one should have to wait for equal rights when it comes to love. She fought for what she believed in and made a difference for people across Illinois.
“Vernita was a leader in the fight for marriage equality, and a part of the anti-violence movement whose poetry resonated with so many, including President Barack Obama.
“While Vernita was with us she helped spread love and strength and we are all blessed to have known and learned from her.
“I join the people of Illinois in offering thoughts and prayers to her wife Pat Ewert and their family. Vernita Gray will continue to inspire all those she touched during her time here on earth and we are forever grateful.”