ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s most influential advocates for gay rights say the chances are better than ever to legalize same-sex marriage, even in a Republican-controlled Senate.

The Empire State Pride Agenda said their count after the November elections shows a net gain of two votes for gay marriage. The group also notes Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos has promised to bring the issue to the floor again.

A year ago, the measure passed in the Assembly, but failed in the Senate by eight votes.

Democratic Gov.-elect Andrew Cuomo made gay marriage a significant element in his campaign.

The Pride Agenda also says that Republican candidate Carl Paladino’s opposition to gay marriage has actually generated more political support for legalizing same-sex marriage.

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