Ken Mehlman, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), is urging New York GOP lawmakers to legalize gay marriage.

Mehlman privately met with a handful of undecided senators on Monday, The Times Union reported.

“It is very much consistent with Republican interests and also Republican principles,” he told reporters.

“We are the party that stands for freedom, the party that wants to promote more families and family values and the party that tries to live by the Golden Rule.”

“Letting two people who love each other and want to get married strengthens and promotes families,” he added.

Five Republican New York senators have said they remain on the fence.

Mehlman, who served as chairman during the President George W. Bush era, came out gay last August. He said in numerous interviews that he wanted to come out to support marriage equality, in particular the group challenging California's gay marriage ban, Proposition 8. He raised more than 1.2 million for the cause at an event held in New York last fall.

With less than 2 weeks to go before the end of the legislative session, prospects of getting a bill approved in the Senate – where it has yet to be formally introduced – are dimming.