New York State Senator Greg Ball on Friday officially declared himself opposed to a gay marriage bill.

Ball had previously declared himself undecided, and called for greater exemptions for religious organizations.

“Knowing that marriage equality was likely to pass, I thought it important to force the issue of religious protections. Over the past few weeks, I've had the distinct opportunity of listening to literally thousands of residents, on both sides of this issue, by holding an undecided stance. I thought it was important to listen to all of my constituents and hold an undecided position until the actual bill language was written and everyone's voice had been heard. Now that the final text is public, I am proud that I have secured some strong protections for religious institutions and basic protections for religious organizations. The bill still lacks many of the basic religious protections I thought were vital, and for this reason, and as I did in the Assembly, I will be voting 'no,'” Ball said in a statement.

According to Politicker NY, Ball's spokesman said the senator wanted language that would protect the religious freedoms of individuals as well as organizations.

Last week, Ball turned to his Twitter followers and Facebook friends for advice on the measure: “Opening up the discussion! So, if you were me, how would you vote on gay marriage? Yes or No?”

Ball told New York Observer's Azi Paybarah that response on Twitter was overwhelmingly in favor of the marriage bill. Facebook users were nearly evenly divided, Ball told POLITICO. (Though it should be noted that several gay marriage supporters allege Ball deleted their comments and blocked them from his Facebook page. And Ball has been accused of feigning uncertainty on the issue for political gain.)