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.
The vote came after a veteran Republican senator earlier told The Associated Press he would vote yes, apparently giving the measure the support it needs to become law.
Sen. Stephen Saland said he had 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. New York will 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.
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