Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos shrugged off this afternoon any possible loss of support from the state’s influential Conservative Party if a gay marriage vote is allowed this year in the Senate.

“I think this is really an issue that is personal, personal conscience and as I’ve said all along, members will vote the way they wish to vote,” he said.

Skelos, R-Nassau County, also noted that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is yet to introduce a gay marriage legalization measure for the Senate Republicans to discuss in conference.

“That will be subject to the conference decision, we have not conferenced it yet. And we’re also waiting for the governor to send his program bill.”

Gay marriage advocates, who have formed a coalition of groups called New Yorkers United for Marriage, hope to legalize same-sex marriage this year. In order for any measure to be approved, several legislators on the GOP side will have to vote in favor.

Republican legislators seen as targets for “yes” votes include Sens. Roy McDonald of Saratoga, Greg Ball of the Hudson Valley, Jim Alesi of Monroe County and Mark Grisanti of Buffalo.