The New York Senate voted 33 to 29 to pass the gay marriage bill Friday night.

The bill passed after two undecided Republican senators switched their votes to “yes” in the final moments before the vote on the bill. The chapter amendment on religious exemptions was passed earlier, 36 to 26.

Cheering erupted in the Senate chamber and the Capitol hallways after the gay marriage bill passed.

The bill’s passage will make New York the sixth and most populous state in the nation to legalize gay marriage.

Republican Sen. Stephen Saland of Poughkeepsie, who was thought to be undecided, voted in favor of the bill. When he spoke on the religious exemption amendment, he said the gay marriage issue “has been an extremely difficult issue to deal with.”

He acknowledged that his decision on the bill is going to “disappoint” a lot of people but that he has “defined doing the right thing as treating all persons with equality and that equality includes within the definition of marriage.”

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