Lawmakers in Maine have passed on approving a gay marriage proposal, a clear sign they want voters to settle the issue, the AP reported.

Gay marriage supporters, led by EqualityMaine, submitted more than 105,000 signatures for its citizen-initiated bill, which would legalize gay nuptials in the state.

Lawmakers have an option to approve the bill as proposed or vote it down, which sends it to voters for their approval. On Tuesday, the House killed the bill. The Senate went along with the House on Wednesday.

The issue is a redo for Maine. In 2009, lawmakers approved a gay marriage bill. However, opponents narrowly repealed the law with a “people's veto” at the ballot box, known as Question 1.

Citing various polls, supporters say Maine is ready to become the first state to approve marriage equality at the ballot box.

A poll released earlier this month found a majority (54%) of Maine voters think that gay marriage should be legal, while 41 percent think it should not.

Bishop Richard Malone earlier announced that the Diocese of Maine, which contributed $500,000 to the 2009 campaign to repeal the law, would concentrate on teaching Catholics about how it defines marriage instead of becoming politically involved in the upcoming campaign.