The coalition of five gay rights groups formed last month to push for the legalization of gay marriage in New York has launched its first video ad.

New Yorkers United for Marriage bands together prominent gay rights groups Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Empire State Pride Agenda, Freedom to Marry, the Log Cabin Republicans and Marriage Equality New York (MENY).

In its first effort, the coalition brings a personal story of two women together for 29 years and unable to marry in their home state.

“We've shared everything,” Jo-Ann Shain says in the 30-second spot. “Our home. Our lives.”

“We get sick, we take care of each other,” Mary Jo Kennedy says.

“The wedding vows are so important. In sickness and in health. Till death do us part. We've been living those vows for our entire relationship,” Shian ads. “At this point we just want to say 'I do.'” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

The push to make New York the sixth state to legalize gay marriage comes after a similar 2009 effort fell eight votes shy of passage in the Senate. This year's effort is being coordinated from inside Governor Andrew Cuomo's office.

The Senate's most vocal opponent, Democratic Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. of the Bronx, and the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) plan to rally against the yet-to-be-introduced legislation on May 15.