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New York’s state senate approved a bill that will legalize gay marriage, becoming the sixth state to do so and by far the largest. The bill still awaits Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature, who is a strenuous supporter of the legislation. The legislation went down to the wire in a late vote on Friday night, with its fate pivoting on just a few undecided Republican senators. But in opening debates on the bill, at least one Republican pledged his support, providing the crucial 32nd vote. Earlier Friday evening, the state’s lower chamber passed a bill allowing religious exemptions, which nullified one of the Republicans’ biggest objections to the bill. A similar bill in December 2009 did not pass.