Illinois Legislature Session Ends Without Gay Marriage Vote

Didn't solve any fiscal problems, either


For Illinois' gay marriage proponents, it was supposed to be a historic week culminating in a collective "I do" from Springfield lawmakers.

Thousands tuned in to social media and live streams throughout the day Friday, sending tweets and other messages of hope as they waited for the Illinois House to call a vote on the legalization of gay marriage. Gay couples who had traveled to the state Capitol were invited to view the action from the speaker's gallery. And during breaks, families paused to snap smiling pictures with sponsoring Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago.