SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois Senate Democrats delayed a floor vote today on legislation to legalize gay marriage.
However legislation sponsor state Sen. Heather Steans expressed confidence there would be enough votes to pass it soon. Steans says two supportive Democrats and a Republican were missing from the General Assembly’s lame-duck session. She says that forced her to pull back from pressing the issue. But she says the delay would only push a vote into next week or, at the latest, soon after the new Legislature is sworn in Jan. 9.
Democrats hold a 35-24 majority in the Senate, but not every member is on board with extending marriage rights to same-sex couples.
The plan would remove from state law a prohibition on marriage between two people of the same sex. It comes just 18 months after Illinois recognized civil unions.