Illinois State Rep. Deb Mell on Friday discussed the mundane details of her marriage to another woman in an emotional plea for a future vote on a gay marriage bill.

The 44-year-old Mell addressed colleagues after an emotional Rep. Greg Harris, the bill's champion in the chamber, announced at the 11th hour that he was postponing a vote on the measure already approved by the Senate until the chamber reconvenes in the fall.

(Related: Illinois House postpones vote on gay marriage.)

Mell, a strong supporter of marriage equality who in 2004 was arrested at the Cook County clerk's office protesting the state's law which prohibits two members of the same sex from receiving a marriage license, married her wife Christin Baker in Iowa nearly two years ago.

“There's been a lot of talk about gay marriage in this chamber these last few months and I have one. Christin and I went to Iowa and we were legally married there 20 months ago,” Mell told colleagues.

“Now there's been some hurtful and mean things said about our marriage. Says it would cause the destruction of society, that we are harmful to children, they say we are abnormal and immoral. And that's some of the nicer things that they've said about us.”

Mell explained that her marriage was rather mundane: Mell makes the coffee during the week, the couple likes to run together, they worship at a church in downtown Chicago and watch Downton Abbey on Sundays. She added that her wife was by her side when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

“And today, sometimes, I'm still in a little bit of pain and I get down and I get scared that the cancer is going to come back and Christin holds my hands and tells me how we are going to grow up and be little old ladies together.”

“I love my wife. And this is our marriage. This is our gay marriage, our same-sex marriage, our marriage.”

She urged colleagues to “hit the green button” for love and equality when the legislation comes up for a vote in November. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)