The Illinois Senate Executive Committee advanced the measure to legalize gay marriage on an 8-5 vote Thursday, but the sponsor acknowledged she did not have enough votes to win approval on the Senate floor.
Sen. Heather Steans, D-Chicago, dismissed a question on whether she ever had a solid 30 votes lined up to pass the legislation. “Oh, no, no, no,” Steans said. “We really did have the votes. We were just missing members today.”