Democrats in West Virginia have blocked a measure that would limit marriage to a heterosexual union in the state's constitution from reaching the House floor, the Charleston Gazette reported.

House resolution HJR5 stalled out in committee, but Republicans on Tuesday attempted to wrench the measure out of committee and bring the proposal to the House floor for a vote.

Only one Democrat, Delegate Tom Louisos of Fayette, crossed the aisle to join Republicans in the effort.

“Once again, through a procedural motion, [debate] has been blocked,” House Minority Leader Tim Armstead, a Kanawha Republican and cosponsor of the measure, said.

The resolution sponsored by Democratic Delegate Harold Michael seeks to forbid recognition of gay couples with civil unions or domestic partnerships, in addition to marriage. Michael introduced the measure on January 13.

Democrats blocked a similar measure during last year's legislative session.

Proponents of the marriage amendment are concentrating efforts on passage of the Senate version of the resolution before the session ends on March 13. The Family Policy Council of West Virginia is planning a rally on the Capitol steps Thursday.