The New York State Senate is going into overtime Tuesday with the gay marriage legislation still in limbo.
The legislative session was supposed to conclude Monday, but state leaders said they'll stay and work on the issue.
Protestors sang and prayed in the state's capitol in Albany on Monday as the measure to legalize gay marriage remained stalled in the Senate.
Opponents chanted, "God says no." While supporters countered by chanting, "God is love."
"We certainly have no hatred for anyone who follows this lifestyle," said Pastor William Mayhew of Faith Bible Chapel in Millerton. "The difference is we will be forced in our churches, in our businesses, all of our life practices, to acknowledge something that we strongly, morally disagree."
The bill has already passed the State Assembly and is a top priority of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Republicans want solid legal protections for religious institutions that believe gay marriage is wrong.
New York is viewed as a critical point in the national debate over gay marriage. Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Iowa and the District of Columbia all allow gay marriage. Of these states, all but Massachusetts and Washington, D.C., allow at least limited religious exemptions.