New York Senate set to approve gay marriage

ALBANY, N.Y., June 24 (Reuters) - 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)