Illinois Senator Kyle McCarter, a Republican, on Tuesday introduced legislation which seeks to repeal the state's gay marriage law.

Illinois currently recognizes gay couples with civil unions. However, a gay marriage bill signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn in November takes effect on June 1.

McCarter's bill is titled Marriage Fairness Act – Repeal.

Last year, McCarter lamented the law's passage in the Senate.

“To redefine marriage is discriminatory towards those who hold the sincerely held religious belief that it is a sacred institution between man & a woman,” he wrote on Facebook.

On the Senate floor, McCarter said passage of the measure would “jeopardize freedom rather than expanding it” because it would “take away the right of many.”

Anthony Martinez, executive director of The Civil Rights Agenda, labeled introduction of the bill an election year stunt.

“Well, it looks like it's an election year,” Martinez said in an emailed statement. “Even though most Republican leaders in Illinois have stated it is time to move past the marriage debate, Senator McCarter introduced a bill that would harm thousands of families and couples across Illinois. The Senator also knows full well that this bill does not have the support to pass, especially in the Senate.”