New York Governor David Paterson is expected to introduce a gay marriage bill on Thursday, reports the New York Times.

Paterson indicated last week he would move on the legislation.

Speaking on WHCU-AM Wednesday, the Democratic governor said he would take another stab at passage.

“We'll put a bill out and let the people decide one way or the other,” Paterson, a gay marriage supporter, said.

The governor is expected to deliver his announcement at 10AM on Thursday at the governor's office in Midtown Manhattan, the paper said, citing anonymous sources.

The governor's plan comes on the heels of two gay marriage victories. Legislators in Vermont managed to override Governor Jim Douglas' promised veto on a gay marriage bill, making the inventor of civil unions for gay and lesbian couples the first state to endorse gay marriage legislatively, instead of by court order. And the seven-member Iowa Supreme Court unanimously struck down that state's gay marriage ban on April 3. The two victories effectively double the number of states offering gay marriage in the U.S.

Immediately following Vermont's groundbreaking override vote, gay activists groaned that movement in New York was too slow.

“We are thrilled that Vermont – another one of New York's neighbors – has passed a marriage equality bill through the state legislature,” Alan Van Capelle, executive director of Empire State Pride Agenda, a group that lobbies for gay marriage, said on Tuesday. “But I'm embarrassed for New York state.”

“We hope that our state Senate in New York will now look at three of the states that surround New York – Massachusetts, Connecticut and now Vermont – and realize that we are falling behind,” he added.

The next day, Paterson began talking about re-introducing a gay marriage bill.

But state Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith, a Democrat and gay marriage supporter, admitted during a Human Rights Campaign fundraiser in February that he does not have the votes to pass gay marriage in the Empire State.

Assembly members approved a gay marriage bill in 2007 but the effort fizzled in the Senate.

Gay marriage became a point of contention in the selection of Smith to lead the Senate. Several senators groused that he was too pro-gay marriage.

“Why can't a bill just be on the floor and lose?” Paterson said Wednesday, “If you have the votes later on to pass it, bring it back.”