TUPPER LAKE - While she's not going to vote in favor of it, state Sen. Betty Little said a bill allowing gay marriage could be passed this year.
"Certainly it's more of a possibility this year than it ever has been," Little said while visiting the area last week.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing for the passage of a gay marriage bill before the June 20 end of the legislative session, which Little said could give it more traction than it's had in the past.
She's not changing her stance against voting for it, though. Little said she'll vote in favor of something that would give gay people the same rights that straight people have, but "I just don't believe you need to change the definition of marriage."
If the bill is to pass, it would need at least a few Republicans on board.
In 2009, a gay marriage bill came to the Senate floor. Little and 37 other senators, including all 30 Republicans at the time, voted against it.
The Senate has a Republican majority of 32 votes now.
Gay marriage has passed easily twice in the Assembly, which has a strong Democratic majority. Both local Republican Assemblywomen, Teresa Sayward of Willsboro, and Janet Duprey of Peru, support it.