Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon and New York Rangers winger Sean Avery traveled to the New York Statehouse on Tuesday to lobby lawmakers to vote for a gay marriage bill.

Avery became the highest-profile professional athlete to endorse the institution when he recorded a 30-second video ad for the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) New Yorkers for Marriage Equality campaign. He's since been joined by former Giants defensive end Michael Strahan, Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash and Giants owner Steve Tisch.

When Nixon, who is gay and would like to marry her girlfriend in the Empire State, was asked by a reporter what would she say to lawmakers whose decision against the proposal was based on politics, she answered: “Gay rights is here. And if you don't understand that gay people are human and that they deserve to be treated equally as everybody else, you're back in the dark ages. And that is not going to stand you in good stead in local politics or national politics or any kind of politics. Increasingly, I think some of the homophobic comments of the other side that used to stir people up, voters are not buying that anymore. And I think if you really want to have a political future, you have to be for civil rights for everybody.”

Nixon added that waiting to get married has been an emotional process for her and her family.

Avery, who is considered an agitator in the hockey ring, attempted to prod undecided lawmakers to vote for the measure.

“If you're on the fence, or you're a little bit nervous about being OK with it, that's fine,” Avery said. “That's why I'm here to get that point across, and help as much as I can. I'm going to shore up a couple of votes, and do it as kindly and gently as I can.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

On Tuesday, after Governor Andrew Cuomo formally introduced the measure, five undecided senators, two Republicans and three Democrats, who had voted against a similar bill in 2009 reversed course, and said they would vote for marriage equality. With a vote expected to take place as early as Thursday, proponents have managed to close a wide gap in a very short period of time, but remain 1 vote shy of victory.