Kay Hagan Endorses Same-Sex Marriage

Unlike other Democrats like Jon Tester and Claire McCaskill who endorsed gay marriage only after winning reelection and would have never endorsed before, Kay Hagan is up for reelection in 2014. Remember, NC voters passed an amendment last year banning same-sex marriage and now Hagan, who defeated Elizabeth Dole by 8 points in 2008 comes out in support of gay marriage. This can (and should) have a direct impact on the race. Republicans need to do everything possible to defeat her in 2014 and make this a Republican pickup

Sen. Kay Hagan backed same-sex marriage Wednesday, comparing her decision to Senate colleague Rob Portman’s recent backing on the issue.

“Marriage equality is a complex issue with strong feelings on both sides, and I have a great deal of respect for varying opinions on the issue. After much thought and prayer, I have come to my own personal conclusion that we shouldn’t tell people who they can love or who they can marry,” Hagan, a North Carolina Democrat, said in a public statement released Wednesday.

She added: “This wasn’t a decision I came to overnight, like my Republican colleague Rob Portman expressed recently on his own viewpoint.”

Portman, an Ohio Republican, once a staunch opponent of same-sex marriage, publicly announced his support on the issue earlier this month, citing his son Will’s coming out to him about two years ago during Will’s freshman year at Yale.

Hagan becomes one of the latest Democratic senators to endorse same-sex marriage, though she did oppose a North Carolina amendment last year that would prohibit civil unions and domestic partnerships in the state.