ALBANY, N.Y., June 24 New York Republican
Senator Stephen Saland said he would support a bill to legalize
gay marriage, giving the measure enough support to pass when
the vote occurs later on Friday.
Two other Republican senators have already publicly said
they will back the bill introduced by Governor Andrew Cuomo, a
Democrat, while one Democratic senator opposes it. With
Saland's support the measure will pass by at least one vote.
"My intellectual and emotional journey has ended here today
and I have to define doing the right thing as treating all
persons with equality and that equality includes within the
definition of marriage," Saland said on Friday night.
(Reporting by Dan Wiessner, writing by Michelle Nichols;
editing by Anthony Boadle)