Undecided NY GOP senator to vote for gay marriage

By MICHAEL GORMLEY | June 24, 2011 | 9:45 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A veteran Republican senator tells The Associated Press he will vote yes on gay marriage, apparently giving the measure the support it needs to become law.

Sen. Stephen Saland (suh-LAND') says 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 will become the sixth state, and by far the largest, where gay marriage is legal once Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs it into law.

The Democrat-led Assembly already passed the bill.