Ill. House sponsor won't call gay marriage vote

Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The House sponsor of Illinois legislation to allow same-sex couples to marry says he doesn't have the votes to pass it and won't call the bill.

Supporters filled the House gallery Friday in hopes the measure would be called. The bill cleared the Senate in February.

But Rep. Greg Harris says several of his colleagues have told him they wouldn't vote for the bill, leaving him short of the 60 he needed to pass the chamber.

Friday is the final day of the legislative session.

Opponents said marriage should be between a man and a woman.

Proponents touted it as a civil rights matter, and Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn had pledged to sign it into law if it reached his desk.

Illinois approved civil unions in 2011.