Two Republican lawmakers in Wyoming say they'll introduce a bill that defines marriage as a heterosexual union in the state's constitution, the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle reported.

The resolution would ask voters to amend the Wyoming Constitution to define marriage. Similar proposals in 2007 and 2009 failed, but anticipated support from a newly-elected Republican majority in both sides of the Capitol has given supporters new hope.

“It's about the right of Wyoming voters to vote,” said Republican Senator Curt Meier, a co-sponsor of the legislation. “We're setting a community standard for Wyoming.”

Also a co-sponsor is Representative Owen Petersen, a Republican who led the 2009 effort.

Gay marriage is currently banned by state law, but opponents worry that a legal challenge could overturn the statute. A lawsuit challenging Wyoming's definition of marriage was filed in August. But less than a month later, the couple voluntarily withdrew its legal challenge.

State Representative Ken Esquible, a Democrat from Cheyenne, disagreed with the legislation.

“I don't see how we can call ourselves the Equality State when we are singling out a group of people,” he said.