Democratic Maryland State Senator James Brochin is giving gay marriage backers in the state another reason to hope.

The 46-year-old sophomore senator told the Baltimore Sun that he's reconsidering his position on a gay marriage bill. Brochin previously said he was against the measure.

Nearly 200 people signed up to speak Tuesday at a Senate committee's public hearing on Senate Majority Leader Rob Garagiola's bill that would legalize gay marriage in the state. The hearing lasted nearly 7 hours.

Brochin said on Wednesday that he found the testimony of opponents to be “troubling.”

“The demonization of gay families really bothers me,” Brochin said. “Are these families going to continue to be treated by the law as second class citizens?”

While a majority of committee members, including its chairman, support marriage equality, the measure remains four votes shy of passage in the Senate.

Brochin increases the number of undecided senators from six to seven, greatly increasing the odds of passage.

According to a Washington Post survey, the following Democrats also remain on the fence: John C. Astle, Joan Carter Conway, Ulysses Currie, Edward J. Kasemeyer, Katherine A. Klausmeier and James C. Rosapepe.