A gay marriage bill introduced earlier this month in Illinois may have a hard time finding support this election year, The Chicago Tribune reported.

The move to make Illinois the eighth state to legalize gay nuptials comes less than a year after the state approved a measure that recognizes gay and lesbian couples with civil unions.

While the legislation is supported by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Governor Pat Quinn has suggested the measure is not ready for passage.

“You know in a Democracy, you got to build a majority. So any development off of civil unions – we have 3,700 civil unions that have been performed so far in Illinois in 90 of our 102 counties. You know, it's a democracy and you have to build majorities,” Quinn told WBEZ Radio's Steve Edwards.

Other lawmakers said the measure is likely to be shelved this year.

“It's going to be a tough year to pass any legislation that's outside of budget and pension issues,” Democratic Senator David Koehler told the paper. “It's going to be more of an election-year agenda in the state Legislature.”

The legislation was introduced in the House by openly gay Representatives Greg Harris, Deb Mell and Kelly Cassidy.

Harris told the paper that he was not sure whether the measure would pass this year, then added: “You can't get to the finish line if you don't start the race. We started the race.”