An effort to repeal New Hampshire's year-old gay marriage law has been shelved, the AP reported.

The House Judiciary Committee considering two bills that would repeal the law voted unanimously on Thursday to hold off on the legislation.

At a recent hearing on the bills, a large majority of the six hundred people in attendance opposed repeal of the law.

Republican leaders had urged the committee to shelve the bills until next year, insisting social issues must take a back seat to the state's fiscal crisis.

The committee voted without debate to hold onto the bills until next year's session.

Opponents of the law testified at the hearing that they fear the institution because it leads to disease and polygamy.

One speaker chided supporters, who were dressed in red, for their aggressive turnout: “Many people were intimidated to come here. And by the way, for all of you dressed in red, you are very intimidating. Even to a man like me. And honesty I only have a fear of God more than a fear of man.”

The law, which marked its first anniversary on January 1, was signed by Governor John Lynch, who has vowed to veto any repeal attempt. Republicans, however, gained veto-proof majorities in both chambers on November 2.