New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is telephoning for support of gay marriage in a new robo-call ad released on Monday.

“There is a pressing issue of basic fairness and civil rights in New York,” Cuomo says in the ad, “and that is marriage equality.”

A transcript of the ad was released on Monday by the New York State Democratic Committee. Calls are expected to begin later this week.

The ad is another element of a multi-pronged strategy to make New York the sixth state in the nation to legalize the institution.

Supporters on Monday invaded the Statehouse for Empire State Pride Agenda's eleventh annual Equality and Justice Day.

“Without the ability to marry, same-sex couples and their families are denied over one thousand federal and state rights such as visiting a spouse in a hospital in the event of illness,” Cuomo added in the message.

“It makes same-sex couples second tier citizens who receive less protection and have fewer rights than others. This is not a Democratic or Republican issue. It is a question of New York going forward or backward.”

“It's hard to imagine today, but at one time in this country it was illegal for blacks and whites to marry each other. We have come a long way and now it is time to go further – to achieve marriage equality for all New Yorkers.”

He finishes with: “I urge you to call your state legislators and ask them to vote for equality – marriage equality – for all New Yorkers.”