Singer Elton John has hailed New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for his support of gay marriage.

At Wednesday night's 10th Annual Enduring Vision gala for the Elton John AIDS Foundation, Sir Elton thanked Cuomo for “taking a stand in New York and making the dream of marriage equality a reality in the state.”

Cuomo, who was seated in the audience, was honored the following day at the Empire State Pride Agenda's 20th annual Fall Dinner. The lawmaker was presented with the group's Douglas W. Jones Leadership Award for his “steadfast leadership and unwavering determination.”

Cuomo has been widely credited with shepherding the gay marriage law through the New York Senate, which rejected marriage equality in 2009.

“It's a chance to embrace our New York supporters, who are very loyal every year. And spend an evening with them and congratulate them,” Sir Elton told Reuters about the annual event. “We give … honorary awards … to honor people who have been with us a long time and have made such a difference.”

Also attending the event were Alec Baldwin, Jon Bon Jovi and Sarah Ferguson. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper served as the master of ceremonies.