Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) Comes Out for Marriage Equality

Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) has become the sixth U.S. Senator in three days to come out for marriage equality, in an article in the News & Observer:

Hagan“I know there are strong feelings on both sides, and I have a great deal of respect for their opinions,” Hagan said in an interview. “But after much thought and prayer on my part this is where I am today.

“I know all our families do not look alike,” she added. “We all want the same thing for our families. We want happiness, we want health, prosperity, a bright future for our children and grandchildren. After conversations I’ve had with family members, with people I go to church with and with North Carolinians from all walks of life, I’ve come to my own personal conclusion that we should not tell people who they can love, or who they can marry. It’s time to move forward with this issue.”

Hagan faces a tough reelection campaign next year, the paper reports:

“I’m not interested in playing political pundit,” Hagan said when asked how she thought her stance would effect her re-election prospects. “I’ve never made a decision based on future elections. I’m not interested in that. I’m not interested in casting aspersions on those who view this differently.”

Hagan joins Senators Jon Tester (D-MT), Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), Mark Begich (D-AK), Mark Warner (D-VA), and Claire McCaskill (D-MO), who have all "evolved" on the issue in the past three days.

Posted March 27, 2013 at 11:14am ETC by Andy Towle
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