A House resolution that seeks to repeal gay marriage in Iowa will receive its first public hearing on Monday, the Iowa Independent reported.

The Iowa Marriage Amendment (IMA) that 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 – cleared its first hurdle on Monday.

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.

The resolution would also ban civil unions, domestic partnerships and any other legal recognition of gay and lesbian couples.

Monday's public hearing is set for 6:30PM and is expected to last 2 hours. People interested in testifying may sign up at the Legislative Information Office, Room G16, or call 515-281-5129. Written testimony is accepted via email at lioinfo@legis.state.ia.us. Please include “Testimony” as the subject.