Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), says that a postponed vote on a bay marriage bill in Illinois disproves its inevitability.

After passage of the bill in the Senate on Valentine's Day, the measure's champion in the House, Rep. Greg Harris, surprised proponents on the last day of the spring legislative session 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.

In a National Review blog post, Brown credited the defeat to African-American pastors, calling them “heroes for marriage.”

“Many groups worked hard to defeat this attempt to redefine marriage, including the Illinois Family Institute, Illinois Catholic Conference, Illinois Family PAC and the National Organization for Marriage,” Brown wrote. “But African-American clergy who would not be dissuaded from speaking out for truth made the difference.”

“There are many heroes in this battle, including former Democratic state senator Reverend James Meeks, Bishop Lance Davis, Bishop Larry Trotter, and the members of the African-American Clergy Coalition.”

“Together these heroes for marriage did what few thought possible – defeating gay-marriage advocates and their supporters in the legislature in the bluest of blue states.”

“Let that be a lesson to all the politicians and journalists (and the occasional dispirited pro-marriage advocate) out there who are tempted to buy the lie of 'inevitability.'”

However, the so-called inevitability of marriage equality is not related to the present tense. Instead, it relates to the next generation, which overwhelmingly supports its legalization.

(Related: Gay group Equality Illinois launches $500K “Fight Back for Marriage” campaign.)