Pennsylvania State Representative Daryl Metcalfe on Thursday announced he will reintroduce a resolution that seeks to ban gay marriage in the state.

“This constitutional amendment will eliminate confusion as to what constitutes a legal marriage, and it will also designate marriage as the only type of union that will be legally recognized in Pennsylvania,” Metcalfe said in a press release.

“It is important that we support traditional marriage and have constitutional amendments to protect it at the state level. Marriage is a common good, not a special interest. Special interests should not have the right to redefine marriage for all of us,” he added.

Metcalfe, a Republican, first introduced a similar measure in 2011.

Last April, the House State Government Committee, which Metcalfe chaired, put off debate on the measure.

According to Capitol Ideas, a blog of The Morning Call, Metcalfe cited a large number of amendments attached to the bill as the reason for his decision to set it aside.

Gay rights advocate Equality Pennsylvania, which packed the committee hearing with supporters and launched a petition calling on lawmakers to drop the amendment and focus on economic issues instead, claimed victory on its Facebook page.

On Thursday, the group vowed to “stop Daryl Metcalfe in the new year.”

Republicans control both chambers of the General Assembly.