SPRINGFIELD - In a vote of 28 to 24 Wednesday evening, the Illinois State Senate slowed progress of same sex marriage legalization by rejecting an attempt State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) made to bypass committee testimony and debate and go directly to the floor, attached to another bill. In order to skip committee, the proposal needed 30 votes. The roll call on Wednesday's floor vote was:
Of those that missed Wednesday's floor vote, Senators Duffy, John Jones and John Sullivan voted against civil unions. Schoenberg supported civil unions and Schmidt wasn't in the Senate in 2010. Each of their votes will weigh heavily on whether same sex marriage legalization progresses.
Steans told reporters that she plans to move the same sex marriage bill (HB 5655) through the Senate Executive Committee hearing Thursday. Steans has publicly stated that she has enough Senate votes for approval of the legislation, and said timing is key because some supporters weren't in attendance Wednesday.
Republican State Senator Suzie Schmidt, who wasn't re-elected in November 2012, was not in Springfield Wednesday because she was caring for an ill mother. She is reportedly considering supporting Steans' legislation.
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