Breaking News of the Day: The New York Senate tonight passed the controversial Marriage Equality Act after the crucial 32nd, and 33rd, votes were secured.
New York thus becomes the 6th state to legalize same-sex marriage, with the other five being Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, and Iowa. (Same-sex marriage is also legal in the District of Columbia.)
Republican holdouts Sens. Steve Saland (R-Poughkeepsie) and Mark Grisanti (R-Buffalo), persuaded by the act’s religious protections, were responsible for contributing the decisive 32nd and 33rd votes; Sen. Greg Ball (R-Putnam), one of the fence-sitting Republicans who solicited opinions from his constituents via Twitter, decided earlier tonight to vote no.