With Mother’s Day right around the corner, New Yorkers United For Marriage, a coalition of advocacy groups trying to legalize gay marriage year, announced the Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays will be joining the effort.

The release sent out by the coalition includes a statement from Republican Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward, whose son is gay.

“Every mother wants her children to be treated respectfully. My son has known discrimination because he is gay. This prejudice actually affects our whole family as we witness the intolerance while we know the American promise is for liberty and equality,” said Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward. “This is the year to bring the rights and protections in our Constitution to every member of our society. This is theyear to pass the Marriage Bill and end discrimination in New York State.”

The group, which includes The Empire State Pride Agenda, Freedom to Marry, The Human Rights Campaign, Marriage Equality New York and Log Cabin Republicans is running a statewide campaign to quietly lobby the Legislature in order to legalize same-sex marriage this year.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who wants gay marriage legalized once the regular session ends in June, plans to begin traveling the state with his cabinet officials in order to build popular support for the measure.

A bill that would have legalized gay marriage failed in the Senate in 2009, 38-24. But since then, several of the lawmakers who cast “no” votes have left office and others — including Democratic Sens. Joe Addabbo and Shirley Huntley — said they are on the fence.