Republicans were active on the gay marriage issue Wednesday, with one GOP senator elaborating on his role as a co-author supporting legalization and a spokesman for the GOP Senate caucus confirming members are considering alternative legislation.
Senate GOP Communications Director Brad Biers said Minority Leader David Hann had no comment on Petersen’s position but said there was a “casual discussion” of whether Republicans would counter with more limited legislation that would legalize civil unions or domestic partnership status for gay couples.
Petersen said he’s already had “a lot of feedback” from people in his district in Andover. “It spans the whole spectrum. People are vehemently opposed and elated and everything in between,” he said.
In his own case, Petersen said he believes that people in his district are more sophisticated and will consider the principles behind his decision.