A group of 24 prominent business leaders has released a letter urging New York lawmakers to legalize gay marriage in the Empire State, the New York Times reported.

“[M]ajor employers know that the single greatest asset New York has to offer is its ability to attract the best talent from around the world,” the letter reads. “To remain competitive, New York must continue to contend with other world cities to attract top talent.”

“This is why it is so important that New York State grant full rights to all of its citizens by passing marriage equality.”

The letter arrives as supporters – led by Governor Andrew Cuomo – mobilize a new effort to make New York the sixth state to adopt marriage equality.

Executives signing onto the letter include John J. Mack, the chairman of Morgan Stanley; Lloyd C. Blankfein, the chief executive of Goldman Sachs; Jerry I. Speyer, chairman of Tishman Speyer Properties; and Paul E. Singer, a prominent hedge fund executive.

Mack told the Times that he believed the issue is one of fairness: “It's that simple. I grew up in North Carolina. I'm 66 years old. I grew up when there was segregation. It makes an impression on you.”

According to the paper, several of the signers are close to the Senate Republican caucus.

A gay marriage bill died in 2009 in the New York Senate without any GOP support.