The New York chapter of the League of Women Voters — whose domain is usually ethics and government reform legislation — is joining the growing campaign for legalizing gay marriage.

From the League’s news release:

“The time to allow loving and committed couples to marry is long overdue, and we are thrilled to lend our support to this effort,” said Betsey Swan, President of the League of Women Voters of New York State. “The League has always advocated for fundamental fairness and equal protection under the law. It hurts all New Yorkers when some families are denied the respect, protections and responsibilities of marriage. We are very pleased that the majority of New Yorkers now agree.”

New Yorkers United For Marriage, which is earning plaudits from conservatives for its subtle tactic of attracting a broad political spectrum, also includes the Log Cabin Republicans, The Empire State Pride Agenda, Freedom to Marry, The Human Rights Campaign and Marriage Equality New York.

A gay marriage vote failed in the Democratic-led Senate in 2009, 38-24.

Support from the League of Women Voters comes as good-government advocates are also pushing for a new ethics package, including provisions that would require great disclosure of lawmakers’ outside income. So far — and despite statements from Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, — specific legislation is yet to materialize.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said he wants both measures — gay marriage legalization and an ethics bill — to cross his desk this year.