A Tennessee House subcommittee on Wednesday defeated a bill which sought to block the U.S. Supreme Court's June finding that gay couples have a constitutional right to marry.

Obergefell v. Hodges struck down as unconstitutional state bans and laws that exclude gay and lesbian couples from marriage.

Republican Rep. Mark Pody's proposal was defeated on a voice vote, the AP reported.

“I equate nullification with anarchy,” said Republican Rep. Mike Carter of Chattanooga.

The state warned that passage of the bill could cost Tennessee an estimated $8.5 billion in lost federal Medicaid and welfare money.

At a rally in support of the bill held Tuesday, Pody reportedly dismissed the estimated loss of federal funds.

“We're only upholding what we've already voted on,” Pody said, a reference to the state's 2006 voter-approved constitutional amendment limiting marriage to heterosexual couples.