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Illinois Senate Democrats delayed a floor vote Thursday on legislation to make the state the 10th in the nation to legalize gay marriage, but the sponsor expressed confidence there would be enough votes to pass it soon.
Sen. Heather Steans said two supportive Democrats and a Republican were missing from the General Assembly's lame-duck session, forcing her to pull back from pressing the issue that had momentum from the November elections and public encouragement from President Barack Obama.
But Steans, a Chicago Democrat, said the delay would only push a vote into next week or, at the latest, soon after the new Legislature is sworn in Jan. 9.
"This is definitely a question of when, not if," Steans said. "This is the right thing to be doing."
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 issue's backers pressed the matter in the waning days of the 97th General Assembly to take advantage of soaring support in the state and nationally. Even though Democrats will claim a 40-19 advantage in the new session, newcomers will bring more diverse views.
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