Illinois Governor Pat Quinn said Tuesday that he's “very disappointed” that the House ended its regular session without voting on a gay marriage bill.

On Friday, the session's final day, Rep. Greg Harris, the bill's champion in the chamber, surprised activists when he announced that he would not call the bill for a vote. Harris choked back tears as he explained that he had assurances from colleagues that they would support the measure in the fall and pledged to call a vote on the bill in November.

The Senate approved the measure on Valentine's Day and Quinn, a Democrat, has pledged his signature.

In his first remarks on the issue, Quinn said the chamber should have taken the vote.

“I was very disappointed that a vote was not taken Friday,” Quinn told reporters. “I think that it should have been taken. That is what democracy is all about – legislators who are elected, voting on important bills, especially a civil rights bill like marriage equality.”

“To me, democracy is all about taking votes on very important issues and matters of the people. There is no question that this issue is important to the people of Illinois and it should be voted on and for the House not to do that is a very big disappointment. And I think that it's important for the House to realize that it's time for democracy to flourish in Illinois and that means voting on marriage equality,” he added.