A resolution that aims to ban gay marriage in Indiana cleared a House panel on Monday, the Indianapolis Star reported.

The House Judiciary Committee approved the measure with a 8-4 vote.

It is Republicans' first attempt to define marriage as between a man and a woman in the Indiana Constitution since regaining control of the Legislature in November.

If approved by lawmakers and voters in 2014, House Joint Resolution 6 would ban gay marriage, civil unions, domestic partnerships and any government recognition of gay and lesbian couples in the state.

House Representatives P. Eric Turner, a Republican, and Dave Cheatham, a Democrat, are the primary sponsors of the measure.

“I'm very please,” Turner told the paper. “This is the eighth year we've tried to work on a constitutional amendment on marriage.”

Indiana law bans gay couples from marrying, but ban backers argue that courts could overturn the law.

At the hearing, Micah Clark of the American Family Association (AFA) urged lawmakers to approve the legislation: “People have the right to live as they choose, they have the right to be free, but two percent of the population does not have the right to redefine marriage for the rest of the state or the entire populations.”

The resolution now moves to the full House.