New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind on Wednesday voted against a gay marriage bill, but said pop singer Lady Gaga nearly convinced him to switch sides.

The Brooklyn Democrat raised a photo of the Born this Way singer and sarcastically told lawmakers debating the issue: “And one of the things I love, I gotta tell you. I came close to maybe changing my point of view when I started looking at all the celebrities who were telling New Yorkers what the moral, what the right thing was. And none other, I came close, Lady Gaga. When Lady Gaga got involved and told us this, you know we should support gay marriage, I said, you know, Lady Gaga? You know she is my example of how I should lead my life and how I should behave. Came close, but I didn’t quite do it.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

Later, Hikind waved a copy of the Hebrew Bible and said, “You want to tell God he doesn't know what he's talking about?”

Lady Gaga is an outspoken supporter of gay rights, but the 25-year-old singer hasn't been as visible on gay marriage in New York as on repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” the 1993 law that bars gay and bisexual troops from serving openly.

(Related: Lady Gaga targeted state Senator Mark Grisanti's opposition to gay marriage.)