New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has invited about a dozen leading advocates to discuss how to legalize gay marriage in the state, the New York Times reported.

Cuomo signaled his support for marriage equality during last year's election.

Invited to Wednesday's meeting are New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, who is openly gay; Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) Brian Ellner; Empire State Pride Agenda Executive Director Ross D. Levi; and Equality Matters President Richard Socarides.

Also attending are lawmakers who have sponsored gay marriage bills in the past, including Assemblyman Daniel O'Donnell and Senator Tom Duane, both of whom are openly gay.

Backers have remained busy after the Senate rejected a gay marriage bill in 2009.

Fight Back New York, a campaign to oust senators who opposed the bill, has been credited for some ballot box defeats. And an HRC-backed campaign urging New Yorkers to support gay marriage has attracted nationwide attention for its use of celebrity endorsements, particularly Barbara Bush, daughter of former President George W. Bush and a Republican.

Voters, however, turned over control of the Senate to Republicans on November 2, making passage of a gay marriage bill in the chamber less likely.