I spoke a few minutes ago with Dan Macentee, spokesman for state Sen. Betty Little. He described an unprecedented barrage of emails and phone calls on the issue of same-sex marriage.
The issue has been moving rapidly, with Sen. Little’s fellow Republican Senator Roy McDonald — whose district snakes up into the Queensbury area — announcing that he will change his vote to a Yes.
In the past, Sen. Little has described this as “a difficult issue.” Two Republican assemblywomen from her district — Janet Duprey and Teresa Sayward — have been strong supporters of same-sex marriage, describing it as “a civil right.”
According to Macentee, however, Sen. Little “is a No vote” on the issue.
Sen. Little has been described at times as a possible swing vote on gay marriage, but her voting record is pretty consistent at this point and appears to be heartfelt rather than political.
The Senate’s Republican leaders have made it clear that lawmakers should vote their consciences on this issue.
And while a Yes vote might trigger a primary challenge for Sen. Little, Assemblywoman Duprey survived a conservative challenge last year handily.