New York state Senator Greg Ball has signaled he would vote against a proposed gay marriage bill in New York.

The 33-year-old Republican is listed among the eight undecided senators on the issue, five of whom are Republicans.

In comments published Monday by the New York Daily News, Ball signaled that he isn't that undecided.

“If you're going to pass a marriage bill, real religious exemptions and carveouts to protect the Catholic Church and other religious groups need to be included,” the freshman senator told the paper.

“Short of that, I don't think you'll see a marriage bill pass,” Ball added.

The bill's language in the Senate has yet to be introduced, but broad exemptions to the state's discrimination laws for individuals and businesses based on their religious affiliation will most likely not be included.

Previously proposed bills have stipulated that clergy cannot be forced to marry a gay or lesbian couple.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is spearheading the latest effort to make New York the sixth state to legalize gay marriage. The Senate's loudest opponent of the popular governor's plan is Ruben Diaz Sr., who has argued against the institution at rallies and in interviewers because being gay is a choice.