Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee said on Thursday that he's opposed to a proposed bill which seeks to put gay marriage up to a popular vote.

Bills seeking to legalize marriage equality in Rhode Island were introduced in both houses last week.

While Democrats control both chambers of the General Assembly, passage in the Senate, where Democratic leaders oppose marriage equality, remains in doubt. Currently, the proposal has only 11 co-sponsors in the 38-member Senate.

State Senator Frank Ciccone, a Democrat from Providence, has said that he plans to introduce a bill which would put the issue of marriage equality on the ballot.

Chafee, an independent, shot down the idea, saying that lawmakers were elected to make such decisions and that he would likely veto such a measure if it reached his desk.

Ciccone introduced a similar measure last year. He also introduced a failed resolution which sought to overturn an executive order signed by Chafee recognizing the out-of-state marriages of gay and lesbian couples, effectively legalizing marriage for gay couples who marry in a neighboring state.

(Related: Obama calls on Rhode Island lawmakers to approve gay marriage.)