AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — The gay marriage bill brawl isn’t close to coming to a close here in the Lone Star State.

Sen. Jose Menéndez (D) of San Antonio stepped in this morning to derail an anti-gay marriage bill less than an hour before the State Affairs Committee hearing was to begin. The bill’s consideration will be delayed until next week, at the earliest.

READ MORE: Cook Children’s Halts Elective Surgeries Due To Staff, Bed Shortages During COVID-19 Surge

S.B. 2065 would allow religious organizations or individuals to preside over marriage ceremonies they believe might clash with their beliefs. The bill, by Sen. Craig Estes (R) of Wichita Falls, would prevent a lawsuit against any group or person that refuses to serve a gay marriage.

READ MORE: COVID-19 Vaccines Don't Impact Fertility, But The Virus Does, Doctors Say

On Monday members of the LGBT community and those supporting gay rights and marriage equality gathered in downtown Dallas and Oak Lawn to rally ahead of Tuesday’s oral arguments at the Supreme Court.

The delay will give the public and senators time to read and respond to the bill, said Sen. Kirk Watson (D) of Austin.

MORE NEWS: North Texas High School Mourns Deaths Of 2 Brothers Killed In Crash

(©2015 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)