They’re beginning to fall like dominoes! North Carolina’s Kay Hagan is the latest Democratic Senator to publicly pledge her support for marriage equality. Senator Hagan’s announcement came as a surprise to many on both sides of the issue, since she is up for reelection in 2014, and North Carolina has always been a socially conservative state. Just last May, voters approved an amendment to the state’s constitution, banning same-sex marriages.
From Senator Hagan’s announcement:
“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.”
Senator Hagan’s decision follows a state-wide campaign by North Carolina Equality and the Campaign for Southern Equality, which have been holding candlelight vigils throughout the state, as the Supreme Court considers the Prop 8 and DOMA cases.
This leaves only nine Democratic U.S. Senators who have not yet embraced marriage equality: Mark Pryor (AR), Bob Casey (PA), Tom Carper (DE), Joe Manchin (WV), Mary Landrieu (LA), Heidi Heitkamp (ND), Joe Donnelly (IN), Bill Nelson(FL), and Tim Johnson (SD), who has announced his retirement.
Senator Hagan’s photo is from her Facebook page
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