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Karen M. Bisso, who is running in a Republican primary on Thursday against Assemblywoman Janet L. Duprey, R-Peru, said that upward of 95 percent of voters that she talks to are disappointed with her opponent’s support for gay marriage.
Mrs. Bisso does not support gay marriage, which passed the state Legislature in 2011 with Mrs. Duprey’s vote. A story that I wrote incorrectly indicated Mrs. Bisso’s position, so she is now working to make sure everybody knows her stance. I regret the error.
“I’m opposed to the fact that we have forever changed the definition with the help of Janet Duprey,” Mrs. Bisso said.
Mrs. Bisso garnered the support of the Conservative Party because of her opposition to gay marriage. David J. Kimmel, a Clinton County businessman, also opposes gay marriage. He is running in the Thursday primary, too.
“I believe that the government can do a lot more for the people by supporting traditional family, instead of redefining it,” said Mr. Kimmel.
Mrs. Duprey, who originally opposed gay marriage in the Assembly, said she spoke with colleagues who convinced her that gay couples weren’t being treated equally because they couldn’t marry. There are certain legal rights — hospital visitations, for example — that gay couples can’t have unless they get married.
Mrs. Duprey said that despite the political fallout, she believes she’s on the right side of history, “because human rights, equality, the right thing to do, supersedes being elected to a position,” she said. “I firmly believe I’m on the right side of history.”
The district consists of Clinton and Franklin counties, plus four St. Lawrence County towns: Brasher, Lawrence, Hopkinton and Piercefield. Only party members may vote in the primaries. Both Mrs. Bisso and Mrs. Duprey have third-party lines; they will face Democrat Timothy R. Carpenter in the Nov. 6 general election.

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