After a week of increasing momentum on a gay marriage bill in New York, Republican Senate leaders announced Friday they're punting a vote on the issue until next week.

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos emerged from a closed-door meeting with Governor Andrew Cuomo to say that there would be no vote on the proposed legislation today, YNN reported.

Skelos said the governor was open to listening to the concerns of Republicans, who fear the bill could open religious institutions to lawsuits.

“This has been a very complicated year in terms of the issues that we've addressed and I've found the governor from the very beginning starting with the budget process has always had an open ear and is flexible in terms of the suggestions I give or the speaker gives,” Skelos said.

The Republican added that there would be no Sunday session, pushing debate for marriage equality back to Monday, the final day of the legislative session. However, talk of a special session has already emerged.

The drama began to unfurl on Tuesday when Cuomo officially introduced his promised gay marriage bill. The Assembly wasted no time in approving the governor's plan the following day. Proponents – and opponents – also weighed in throughout the week, including actress Cynthia Nixon and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Former Giants wide receiver David Tyree struck a nerve when he said the legislation would lead to anarchy, while pop singer Lady Gaga called on her 11 million twitter followers to join the fight.

Timothy M. Dolan, the Roman Catholic archbishop of New York, on Friday again reiterated his opposition to the legislation, which he called an “ominous threat” to society and “a violation of what we consider the natural law that's embedded in every man and woman.”

Dolan called proponents “well oiled” and “well financed” during a radio appearance, then added: “It's not a done deal. There is a good chance that this is not going to pass this year.”

Two Senate Republicans have so far endorsed the measure – deadlocking the bill with a 31-31 vote – and others say they remain undecided.