New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday said the legalization of gay marriage is “just a matter of time.”

Cuomo made his remarks at an invitation-only panel sponsored by The New York Times, according to a blog post at the New Civil Rights Movement.

Also attending the event were New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and New York State Senator James Alesi, one of the four GOP senators who crossed the aisle join to all but one Democrat in making New York the sixth state to legalize gay marriage earlier this summer.

Cuomo, who is credited with ensuring the bill's passage, said gay marriage foes are motivated by a desire to discriminate against gay people.

“Ultimately, there was no answer by the opposition. There isn't! There really isn't. And as soon as you ask the question, and you probe the answer, the only answer [by those opposed to the gay marriage bill] is, 'I want to discriminate against gay people.' And that is anti-New York, it's also anti-American.”