Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is considering sponsoring a gay marriage bill.

According to The Washington Times, O'Malley spokeswoman Raquel Guillory said on Tuesday that the governor will announce later this week whether he plans to sponsor the measure.

Last Friday, O'Malley said he would strongly back a new push for such legislation in his state.

The Democrat made his remarks at the National Governors Association meeting in Salt Lake City.

Less than four months after a marriage bill was suddenly shelved in the Maryland House after passage in the Senate, proponents of marriage equality announced a second push for the legislation, and have promised a broader campaign.

Proponents had called on the governor, who supported this year's bill, to take on a more visible role in advocating for the measure.

“I think that would really help build our chances next session if the governor was one of the chief people advocating for this bill vocally,” Darrell Carrington told the “That would have a huge effect on the outcome.”

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo played a critical role in the passage of a gay marriage bill that takes effect in the Empire State on July 24.