A plan to introduce a bill legalizing same sex marriage in Illinois was held up by a procedural vote within the Illinois State Senate committee.
Supporters needed 30 votes to waive a 6 day posting requirement Wednesday. They only got 28.
According to the bill’s sponsor, two same sex marriage supporters were absent Wednesday night. Backers are hoping they’ll be able to move forward today as legislators convene in Springfield.
In a show of support Wednesday, Lt. Governor Shiela Simon met with several state legislators and actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson to urge the bill’s passage in Springfield.
If passed, Illinois would become the 10th state to legalize same sex marriage.
There is also strong opposition to the measure. Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George issued a letter asking Catholics to call their legislators and speak out against the bill. The Cardinal calls same sex marriage a legal fiction and a violation of natural law.