As he campaigns for a vote on the Reproductive Health Act in the state Senate, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday drew a direct comparison to the 2011 vote to legalize same-sex marriage that was supported by four Republican senators.

Speaking in Brooklyn in the morning, Cuomo noted the 1970 vote that led to the adoption of the state’s abortion laws was due to Republican lawmakers voting in favor of the legislation, which also led to political consequences for them.

“By the way, to pass marriage equality in 2011, we needed four Republicans to vote yes,” Cuomo said. “The four Republicans who voted yes all lost their seat. But they are people who I respect.”

The Reproductive Health Act, a bill meant to strengthen abortion rights in the state, has stalled in the Republican-controlled state Senate since it was first introduced 11 years ago.

But supporters of the legislation contend the measure could receive GOP votes in support of it should it be allowed for a vote.

“It’s about voting your conscious,” Cuomo said. “The Senate Leader in 1970 did not have to allow them to vote on that bill. That’s always been the Albany game. All the members get to say, oh I would support it. If it comes to the floor I would support it. But then a wink and a nod, the Senate Leader never allows the bill to come to the floor. So you never really know.”

Cuomo has called on the Senate to return to Albany voluntarily and pass the legislation, which has already cleared the Democratic-controlled Assembly.

Republicans, however, are unlikely to take up that vote, even as one GOP lawmaker, Sen. Marty Golden of Brooklyn, is pushing for a special session to extend speed cameras in New York City near schools, a program due to lapse on July 25.

For now, Cuomo has not called lawmakers back to Albany and does not have the power to directly force a vote in the Legislature.

Cuomo’s nod to the same-sex marriage vote is interesting, given it was a vintage victory for him during the first year of his first term.

The law likely led to President Obama’s re-affirmation of support for marriage for gay couples, as well as the Supreme Court ruling that provided for marriage rights to same-sex couples nationwide.

Cuomo largely was the focal point of the effort in the Senate to pass the bill, a process that include lots of closed-door arm twisting and legislative maneuvering to get done.