A New Mexico House committee on Thursday killed a bill which sought to let voters decide whether gay marriage should be legal in the state.

The measure, sponsored by Rep. Brian Egolf, a Democrat from Santa Fe, earlier this month cleared the Consumer and Public Affairs Committee on a 3-2 vote.

But a majority of members on the House Voters and Elections Committee disagreed. Two Democrats joined the panel's five Republicans to kill the measure with a 7-4 vote, the El Paso Times reported.

Glen Stock, pastor of Pecos Valley Cowboy Church, testified against the measure, telling committee members that “The same God we ask to bless America said, 'You shall not lay with a man as with a woman.' That is an abomination.”

Former state representative Andy Nunez also testified against the measure: “They can go to Canada and get married, or somewhere else.”

Remarks in support of the measure from House Speaker Ken Martinez, a Democrat from Grants and a committee member, reportedly moved several people in the audience to tears.