A committee of the Iowa House on Monday approved a bill that seeks to repeal gay marriage in the state, the AP reported.

The Iowa Marriage Amendment (IMA) seeks to put a question on the 2013 ballot that would define marriage in the Iowa Constitution as a heterosexual union – and thereby reverse the 2009 Iowa Supreme Court ruling that brought gay marriage to the Midwest.

After a subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee voted 2-1 in favor of the resolution, the full committee followed suit with a 13-8 vote. The measure now moves to the full House for debate, where 56 Republicans have pledged their support. Only 51 votes are needed in the 100 member chamber to approve the measure.

More than 200 people pleaded their case to lawmakers.

Danny Carroll, of the socially conservative group The Family Leader, urged lawmakers to “give the people the right to vote.”

Opponents argued that such basic rights should never be put up for a vote.

A similar version of the resolution faces a much steeper incline in the Democrat-controlled Senate, where Majority Leader Michael Gronstal has vowed to block the measure from reaching the floor.

Republicans increased their numbers in the Legislature and took over the Governor's Mansion on November 2. Voters also ousted three out of the seven Iowa Supreme Court justices who unanimously legalized gay marriage.