New Jersey lawmakers have set aside a gay marriage bill that was scheduled for a vote Monday.

State Senator Raymond Lesniak, a Democrat, introduced the bill last week with Senator Loretta Weinberg, also a Democrat, and the Senate Judiciary Committee was scheduled to consider it on Monday.

Weinberg removed the bill from discussion, The Star-Ledger first reported.

New Jersey became the 14th state to allow gay couples to marry following a September 27 Superior Court decision ordering the state to begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples as of October 21.

Republican Governor Chris Christie appealed the ruling to the New Jersey Supreme Court but withdrew from the fight after the court sided with the lower court order in refusing to delay implementation of its order.

Lesniak said a law was needed to protect the ruling from future litigation.

Weinberg said that the bill also ties up loose ends, such as recognizing out-of-state same-sex marriages, eliminating civil unions, and providing for a transition from civil union to marriage.

Marriage equality advocates balked at the bill's religious exemptions, saying that religious institutions are already protected by the First Amendment.

“There's a difference of opinion within our legal team … over whether the religious exemption that was in the bill that we have sponsored weakens the current law with regard to religious exemptions for same-sex marriage,” Lesniak is quoted as saying by

Lesniak said that he will work with legal groups to resolve the dispute and hopes to reintroduce the measure next year.