As Cook County, Illinois' largest county, began issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples, one Republican is looking to repeal the state's gay marriage law.

The law, approved by lawmakers last year, was scheduled to take effect on June 1. But a federal judge in Cook County ruled Friday that there was no need to wait.

(Related: Cook County, Illinois begins issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.)

State Senator Kyle McCarter, a Republican from Lebanon, has introduced a bill (SB 2637) aimed at repealing the law. The Illinois Senate Executive Committee will consider the bill at its next meeting, Wednesday at 1PM.

A second bill, submitted by Rep. Josh Harms, also a Republican, seeks to expand on the exemptions already included in the law.

Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois, reacted to the bills in a statement.

“Having lost the war, opponents to the freedom to marry now want to refight the battles and turn back the march of history and the progress of the state of Illinois,” Cherkasov said. “These bills demonstrate that marriage opponents are not giving up and they're not closing up shop in Illinois. We know from every other important social progress in our nation that the opponents do not just walk away. That is why we cannot rest on our laurels and must continue to be vigilant, to fight, to educate, and to vote.”