"Not Enough Votes" for Gay Marriage in Illinois, as GOP Stands United

The spokesman for the Illinois senate president admits they do not have the votes currently for gay marriage -- and the Republicans stand united in opposition to it. These are more encouraging signs that we can score a big surprise win here if we keep making calls and lobbying the politicians in Springfield:

Illinois Senate Democrats are delaying a vote on a plan that would make the state the 10th in the nation to legalize gay marriage.

Senate President John Cullerton's spokesperson Rakeesha Phelon said the proposal to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples will get a committee hearing Thursday but there aren't currently enough votes to pass it on the floor.

"It is clear that we will need bipartisan support in order to take floor votes on gun safety and marriage equality this week," Phelon said. "We will take some time to work on these important issues to advance them in the near future."

Phelon says she doesn't know how many votes there are for the plan or when it might be called. Some Democrats were not in attendance Thursday. Phelon says no Republicans supported it. (AP)