New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is lobbying New York state senators on a proposed gay marriage bill.

The 44-year-old Gillibrand, a strong supporter of gay rights, said she had spoken to several senators on the issue.

“I've been calling the undecided senators – Republicans and Democrats – to talk with them about why I feel so passionately about the issue and I'm hopeful that when we do have this vote we will be successful,” Gillibrand said during a MSNBC segment.

The senator called civil marriage a “basic human right,” and added that “I don't believe that any politician should ever stand in the way of that right.”

She said that marriage was important to safeguard children.

“We want to make sure those children are protected, like all families,” Gillibrand said. “I want to make sure that all my friends who are gay who are having children that those laws accrue to their families as well. We want to protect all New York families.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

On Wednesday, a New York Senate committee approved the gay marriage bill, paving the way for a final vote on the Senate floor as early as Thursday morning. Rumors that a third unnamed Republican was prepared to vote in favor of the bill also surfaced on Wednesday.