The Idaho House on Friday approved a non-binding memorial to Congress calling for the impeachment of federal judges who strike down state bans on gay marriage.

According to The Spokesman-Review, the measure cleared the chamber with a 44-25 vote. Nearly half of those opposed were Republicans.

The measure's author, Republican Rep. Paul Shepherd said, “I think somehow, someday we've gotta take a stand.”

“You can't say an immoral behavior according to God's word, what we've all been taught since the beginning, is something that's just, and that's really kinda what this is all about. We'd better uphold Christian morals. As an example, how about fornication, adultery and other issues,” he added.

An openly gay House member told colleagues “this bill is personal, and it hurts me.”

“This bill implies that my marriage isn't worth as much as someone else's,” said Rep. John McCrostie, a Democrat from Boise.

“What this memorial says is that we are so against gay marriage … we'll try to impeach any judge who doesn't see it our way, the way the Legislature of Idaho has it,” said House Minority Leader John Rusche, a Democrat from Lewiston.

Gay couples started marrying in Idaho late last year after a federal appeals court struck down Idaho's ban.