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05/03/2011 05:30 pm ET | Updated Jul 03, 2011

Governor Says Marriage Equality Is 'Long Overdue' (Video)

New York's chance at marriage equality is fast approaching and Governor Cuomo is optimistic that the legislation granting marriage rights to same-sex couples will pass.

At a press conference today the Governor said marriage equality is "long overdue" adding, "I know it's failed before but I think this is a different day." He also stressed the importance of going to communities all across the state with his message instead of just trying to convince senators in Albany.

A marriage equality bill was defeated by the state Senate in 2009. To ensure a different outcome this time around, Cuomo has been busy mobilizing the state's gay rights groups and raising money for a media blitz to drum up support.

Recent polls show that a majority of New Yorkers are in support of marriage equality.