Read one Republican New York senator’s explicit statement of support for same-sex marriage

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Sen. Roy McDonald of Saratoga has become the second Republican state senator to come out in support of same-sex marriage, meaning supporters of the measure are one vote away from having the numbers they need to pass the bill. And while that in and of itself is news enough, Sen. McDonald is getting quite a bit of attention for the manner in which he made his support known, going blue in a way lawmakers seldom do. (Well, not unless they're behind closed doors, I'm sure.) Here's what McDonald had to say, via the New York Daily News:

"You get to the point where you evolve in your life where everything isn't black and white, good and bad, and you try to do the right thing," McDonald, 64, told reporters.

"You might not like that. You might be very cynical about that. Well, f— it, I don't care what you think. I'm trying to do the right thing.

"I'm tired of Republican-Democrat politics. They can take the job and shove it. I come from a blue-collar background. I'm trying to do the right thing, and that's where I'm going with this."

Snap! It's good to know that our politicians can also get frustrated enough with our political system to let some F-bombs fly. Four other Republicans are considering casting "aye" votes, which means it is quite likely that New York could legalize same-sex marriage soon — possibly even today. (The bill has the support of all Democrats except, annoyingly but not surprisingly, Ruben Diaz.) That would be an exciting capper to the week, wouldn't you say?