"Focused" Cullerton Doesn't Vote on Gay Marriage

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois Senate President John Cullerton was "so focused" on legislative maneuvering ahead of this week's gay marriage decision in Springfield that he neglected to vote on the bill.

The Chicago Democrat was one of six senators who didn't vote on Tuesday's measure. The amended bill passed the chamber 32-21 after winning approval in the House. The legislation was initially approved 34-21 in the state Senate in February after Cullerton pushed for a Valentine's Day vote. He voted for the measure then.

Spokeswoman Rikeesha Phelon tells Chicago Sun-Times that Cullerton is "a leading and vocal supporter of marriage equality." But she says Cullerton was "so focused on the final hurdle that we failed to record his `yes' vote."

The governor says he'll sign the bill next month.

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