Supporters of New Hampshire's year-old gay marriage law greatly outnumbered opponents Thursday during a hearing to consider two bills that aim to end the institution in the state.

Hundreds of people packed a House Judiciary Committee hearing considering the bills. According to the Nashua Telegraph, 45 people signed up in support of the bills and 545 opposed them.

The law, now in its second year as of January 1, made New Hampshire the fifth state to legalize the institution.

Republicans in the state gained veto-proof majorities in both chambers of the Legislature on November 2, putting the law in jeopardy.

Republican leaders in the House have asked the committee to hold the bills until next year, but House rules require the hearings to be held this year.

Majority Leader David J. “D.J.” Bettencourt angered social conservatives when he said that the issue is not part of the House Republican agenda.

The bill's House sponsor, Republican Representative David Bates, who previously had urged lawmakers to take up the issue this year, suddenly altered course on Thursday.

“I have been assured the effort to restore traditional marriage will have the full support of House leadership when the time comes to take it up next year,” Bates said.

“The majority of people as well as the majority of courts have rejected the idea that same-sex marriage is a basic human right,” Maggie Gallagher, chair of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), a group which opposes the institution, told lawmakers.

“It is not discrimination to treat different things differently,” she added.

Republican Senator Ray White said, “Government should strive to support only the best, most ideal household arrangement.”

A poll released earlier this month found sixty-two percent of adults oppose repeal of the law.