New York Gov. David Paterson says he wants to capitalize on the momentum of four other states who have now legalized same-sex marriage.
Patterson re-introduced the same-sex marriage bill, Thursday-- legislation that had already been truned down by the state Senate in 2007.
"We stand to tell the world that we want equality for everyone," Patterson said. "We stand to tell the world we want marriage equality in New York state."
But those who defeated the legislation two years ago have a powerful new voice in the Catholic church.
Surrounded by state politicians, Patterson said the timing was right for the legislation and compared his fight for same-sex marriage to the civil rights movement.
"We have all known the wrath of discrimination, we have all felt the pain an insult of hatred," he said.
The governor's critics, however, are bothered by the timing of his announcement.
It comes just one day after the Catholic governor witnessed Timothy Dolan being installed as New York's arch bishop at Saint Patrick's Cathedral.
Even before his installation, Dolan spoke out against gay marriage.
"My brother bishops here in New York have already begun to develop a good stand of public posture on that and you can count on me being part of that," he said.
Dolan is a new Catholic voice of opposition for the governor but political analysts say he is not the only one.
"You've got four democrats who've already said they're not going to vote for it," said Doug Muzzio of Baruch College.