BREAKING: No marriage vote in Illinois this week
.The fate of a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage has been called into question after Senate Democrats reported that the bill will not come to a vote this week. Anthony Martinez, executive director of The Civil Rights Agenda, confirmed that Senate Democrats have stated that the vote will not come to pass Jan. 3 or 4. Repeated foibles have raised serious questions about whether the vote can pass by Jan. 9, when new lawmakers are sworn in. Senate Democrats had hoped for a vote on Thursday, but they failed to secure the votes to waive a 24-hour rule on the posting of the original marriage bill. Democrats then tacked marriage equality onto an unrelated bill in an attempt to push it through faster. But two supportive senators have been called away from Springfield on family emergencies, leaving sponsors scrambling to secure needed votes. LGBT leaders and lawmakers declined to name the two missing senators. Also missing is Evanston Democrat Jeffrey Shoenberg who is reportedly on vacation for the remainder of his term. "It doesn't mean that the whole marriage equality bill in the lame duck session dies," said Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois. However, a big push remains for supportive senators.