"I'm here today about Adam and Eve," state Representative Alfred Baldasaro testified at a House Judiciary Committee hearing.
Baldasaro, a Republican who sponsored the legislation dealing with the repeal along with other gay marriage opponents, said the new law defies the laws of nature.
"A man and a woman together create a family where individuals of the same gender cannot create a family," said state Rep. Jordan Ulery, a Republican from Hudson.
State representative Ed Butler, who is gay himself, said, "Marriage is an incredible acknowledgment of our equality. Please don't take it away after so shortly having given us the opportunity to feel the incredibly powerful stamp of access to that word. Marriage is a powerful word."
The House Judiciary Committee was holding hearings on the measures, even though many observers expect the heavily liberal legislature to reject it when it comes to the main floor in the next few weeks.
Republicans who brought forward the measure know they have little chance of getting the repeal passed, but plan to use it as a political battering ram, raising the issue at planned town halls throughout the spring. They hope greater attention to the issue will help get more anti-gay marriage representatives elected in November.
The ultimate goal of these anti-gay marriage opponents is to eventually get a State Constitutional amendment adopted, defining marriage as between a man and a woman.
Kevin Smith, who is the executive director of the conservative Cornerstone Policy Research says he feels
the constitutional ban should be on the ballot, because "People really want an opportunity to have a say."