New York Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo said Thursday that he'll legalize gay marriage in the state, New York Daily News reported.

“I don't want to be the governor who just proposes marriage equality,” Cuomo told attendees at the Empire State Pride Agenda's Fall Dinner. “I don't want to be the governor who lobbies for marriage equality. I don't want to be the governor who fights for marriage equality. I want to be the governor who signs the law that makes equality a reality in the state of New York.”

The remarks come after Cuomo's rival, Tea Party favorite Carl Paladino, created a firestorm of protest when he told a group of Orthodox Jewish leaders that his opposition to gay marriage stems from not wanting children “brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality” is acceptable and hammered Cuomo, the Democratic state attorney general, for taking his children to a gay pride parade, which Paladino called “disgusting” and described as “extreme people in bikini type outfits grinding at each other and doing these gyrations.”

After an avalanche of criticism from lawmakers, gay activists, and even his own party, Paladino relented on Tuesday, saying he was sorry “for any comment that may have offended the gay and lesbian community.”

“We are looking at an extreme political agenda on the other side of the election,” Cuomo said, “and you saw it this week with the LGBT community – but it's not just the LGBT community.”

An effort to legalize gay marriage in the Empire State died in the Senate last year after passage in the Assembly.