Rhode Island Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed on Wednesday declined to say whether she would allow a vote on a gay marriage bill in the upcoming legislative session.

House Speaker Gordon Fox earlier said that he would call a vote on the legislation, if he retains his position.

“I'm calling the vote,” Fox, an openly gay Democrat, said on WPRI's Newsmakers.

“It's one of those issues that I need to come back, we need to address, and I intend if I'm elected speaker to address it early.”

“It's one of the main reasons I'm coming back. There's unfinished business,” he said.

The General Assembly ended its 2012 session without taking up debate on bills related to gay marriage. One such bill sought to legalize marriage equality.

According to the AP, Paiva Weed, a Newport Democrat and an opponent of gay nuptials, is keeping silent.

Last week, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Rhode Island announced that only 68 gay and lesbian couples obtained licenses for civil unions in Rhode Island since the law took effect last year. The group said the low numbers show that gay couples are waiting for full marriage.