A resolution that seeks to place a gay marriage ban in the Iowa Constitution will likely die in a Senate committee.

State Senator Jeff Danielson, a Democrat from Waterloo, told the The Gazette on Thursday that there isn't sufficient support for the measure in the Senate State Government Committee that he chairs to move it to the Senate, and that the resolution will likely fall victim to an impending April 1 deadline.

“We do not have the votes for that in State Government so that will not survive the funnel,” Danielson said.

The Legislature's self-imposed “funnel” rule says policy bills must pass either the House or Senate and a committee of the other chamber to remain viable for the remainder of the legislative session.

The Iowa House approved the resolution with an overwhelming 62 to 37 vote on Tuesday, February 1.

Even if the legislation had cleared the committee, Senate Majority Leader Michael Gronstal has vowed to block the measure from reaching the floor.

A unanimous 2009 Iowa Supreme Court ruling legalized gay marriage in the state.