A New Hampshire panel is expected next week to vote on a bill that would repeal the state's gay marriage bill, the AP reported.

The House Judiciary Committee will vote on Tuesday on whether to recommend repealing the law.

If approved, the bill, introduced by Rep. David Bates, a Republican from Rockingham, would repeal the state's gay marriage law and establish civil unions for gay and straight couples.

Lawmakers approved the marriage equality law in 2009 when Democrats controlled both chambers of the state Legislature and the governor's mansion. Republicans last year wrested control of the Legislature from Democrats.

A poll released last week shows little support for repealing the law.

The WMUR Granite State poll from the University of New Hampshire Survey Center found that only 27 percent of 500 randomly selected adults reached by telephone support repealing the law, while 50 percent are strongly opposed to repeal.

Strong opposition to repeal was palpable last year at a House committee hearing on the issue, which attracted over 600 people, most of whom said they were opposed to the law's repeal.