One more step toward the inevitable.
Paves way for state to become 6th, and largest, to legalize same-sex unions
New York state senators Friday night voted 33-29 to legalize gay marriage, a breakthrough victory for the gay-rights movement in the state where it got its start.
A veteran Republican senator earlier told The Associated Press he will vote yes, apparently giving the measure the support it needs to become law.
Sen. Stephen Saland said he has long been undecided. He voted against a similar bill in 2009, helping kill the measure and dealing a blow to the national gay rights movement.
Before he announced his intention, 31 senators were in favor, one short of a majority. If they all still vote that way, New York would become the sixth state, and by far the largest, where gay marriage is legal.
Gay weddings could begin 30 days after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs it into law, which he has said he would do.
Senators earlier on Friday night approved an amendment relating to religious exemptions to gay marriage, the last obstacle before a vote on whether to legalize same-sex unions.