New York State Senator Thomas Duane will introduce a gay marriage bill “within weeks,” the New York Daily News reported.

The news comes hot on the heels of Maryland State Senator Rich Madaleno telling On Top Magazine that he'll introduce similar legislation this week. A gay marriage bill has also been introduced in Rhode Island.

Duane said he'll press for a vote before the end of June.

“I think everyone is aware that we have to make the lives of New Yorkers better in every way – economically, as well as to provide equality to New York families,” Duane told the paper.

Gay marriage backers in Albany are hoping Governor Andrew Cuomo's support for the legalization of gay marriage in the Empire State will translate into victory.

Supporters cheered Cuomo's appointment of Erik Bottcher, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's liaison to the gay community, to a newly created cabinet post of special assistant for community affairs.

The appointment is proof Cuomo intends to support the effort, gay activists said.

A gay marriage bill backed by then-Governor David Paterson was soundly defeated in the Senate in 2009. Voters in New York handed the Senate reins to Republicans on November 2, dimming the prospects even further.