Gay marriage bill one vote short of passing New York Senate

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ALBANY — New York was on the cusp of legalizing same-sex marriage on Tuesday, after a second Republican state senator came forward to support the measure, leaving it a single vote shy of passage.

The senator, Roy J. McDonald, from the capital region, announced his support for same-sex marriage amid growing indications that Republican leaders would bring it the Senate floor on Friday.

In a sign of the extraordinary political tension surrounding the issue, Mr. McDonald vented at length about the scrutiny his vote, and that of other swing Republicans, was receiving.

Full story: Gay Marriage Bill Is One Vote Shy of Clearing State Senate