Duprey talks jobs, gay marriage and the APA

But the local economy wasn't the only thing on residents' minds and Duprey was asked to defend her 2009 vote to allow gay marriage and her support of Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava's bid for the 23rd Congressional seat last fall.

Duprey said that although she initially voted against a gay marriage bill in 2007, after significant research and reflection, her opinion changed.

"I just can't support discrimination. There are hundreds of laws that don't grant the same rights to people with civil unions as married couples," Duprey said. "I don't believe that being homosexual is a choice."

And with allegations of an environmental conspiracy, the Assemblywoman's take on the role of the APA was another primary issue of concern.

For Duprey, the agency's existence is still justified, although she said that it should spend less time legislating from the boardroom and more time assisting with local planning.

"I think we need to have the balance. I don't think the people who live here would say they want a McDonald's on every corner. I think the local people should govern what happens in their communities," she said. "A big part of my concern with the APA is that there has been too much influence from people outside of the park. But I think we are seeing some transition back into paying more attention to us."

Over the last week, Duprey's comments were echoed by state Sen. Betty Little, while Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward has called for the outright abolition of the agency.

Like the rest of her peers in the state Assembly, Duprey is faced with a coming election.

Franklin County Legislator Paul Maroun has said that he is considering challenging her for the seat, questioning her socially moderate voting record.

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