The New Hampshire House on Wednesday voted against two measures that attempted to repeal the state's six-week-old gay marriage law, the Boston Globe reported.

A bill that would have repealed the gay marriage law approved by lawmakers last year was crushed under the weight of a 210 to 109 vote, while a proposal that sought to define marriage as a heterosexual union in the New Hampshire Constitution gained a bit more traction but ultimately died from the blow of a 201 to 135 vote.

Both proposals met with strong opposition from Democratic members of a key House panel which considered the bills last week. With a 2 to 1 margin, the House Judiciary Committee recommended that House members pass on the measures.

State Representative Nancy Elliott touched off a loud debate in the blogosphere after video of her testimony condemning gay sex at the hearing was posted on The video was quickly taken down.

“We're talking about taking the penis of a man and putting in the rectum of another man and wriggling it around in excrement. And you have to think, would I want that to be done to me?” Elliott, a Republican from Hillsborough, testified.

Elliot also alleged that the new law was hurting children, a standard claim of gay marriage opponents.

New Hampshire public schools are “showing presentations of anal sex … They are showing our fifth graders how they can actually perform this kind of sex … that is the context of the lesson, that 'This is something that you, as a fifth grader, you may want to try,'” she said.

On Tuesday, Elliott reeled back her statements concerning the teaching of anal intercourse to fifth graders in the Nashua public school system. She told reporters that she could not verify the information but “firmly believed it to be so” prior to entering the hearing.

Elliott's backhanded apology was made to the “Judiciary Committee, the Nashua public schools and its employees and the speaker as well as anyone else affected by what I said.”

Representative David Bates, a Republican from Windham, is behind a grassroots effort to pressure lawmakers to vote in favor of amending the state constitution. The campaign encourages towns to put a non-binding resolution calling on lawmakers to approve the amendment before town voters. Bates tried unsuccessfully to delay the vote until after most towns had weighed in on the matter at town meetings next month.

During the debate, Representative Alfred Baldasaro, a Londonderry Republican and sponsor of the gay marriage repeal bill, said being gay was a choice.

“A black person cannot change the color of their skin, but a homosexual can change their sexual preference any time,” he said.

Baldasaro has previously likened gay marriage to polygamy and an incestuous relationship.

“What about [laws] being disrespectful to sister-sister that love each other, sister-brother, sister-mom, incest, it's in there. Aren't we discriminating against all of them?” he said last week during a committee hearing. “What about the Muslims, now? Everyone's praising the Muslims that are killing us. What about them? They want three, four wives ...”

After the vote, gay marriage opponents said they'll have the final say in November when voters head to the polls.