New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn have once again pledged their support for gay marriage at a local fundraiser yesterday.

Bloomberg told attendees at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center's annual dinner benefit that he supports gay marriage and will continue to pressure political leaders to pass a gay marriage bill.

“We see that the tide is turning, that support is mounting,” Bloomberg told the audience. “Make no mistake, the time will come, I think in the nearer term than further out, and we will pass this bill.”

Bloomberg said he would be happy to testify in support of gay marriage when the Legislature introduces a bill.

Openly lesbian Quinn commented that Senator Charles Schumer's recent endorsement of gay marriage proves support is widening among politicians.

“Everything's different this year in a way that I think is very positive for the movement of the bill,” Quinn told the New York Daily News. “When we get the green light from our leaders in the [state] Senate that it's the right time to go, he [Bloomberg] and I will up there.”

A gay marriage bill was passed by the New York Assembly in 2007 but Republican leaders blocked the bill in the Senate.

Democrats gained control of the state Senate on November 4. Activists were hopeful new leadership would pass a gay marriage bill this year, but Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith admitted during a Human Rights Campaign fundraiser last month that he does not have the votes to pass such a bill.