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Hagan endorses gay marriage as Supreme Court considers DOMA

Posted March 27, 2013

— U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan came out in support of marriage equality Wednesday, saying in a statement that "we shouldn't tell people who they can love or who they can marry.

Hagan said she respects the strong feelings on both sides, but "after much thought and prayer," she came to a personal conclusion that same-sex marriage should be legalized.

Last year, Hagan opposed Amendment One, an amendment to the state constitution defining marriage as being between a man and woman only. North Carolina voters, however, approved the measure.

"I was concerned about the negative consequences it could have on North Carolina families and our economy," she said. "No matter what your family looks like, we all want the same thing for our families – happiness, health, prosperity, a bright future for our children and grandchildren."

Hagan's statement came out as the Supreme Court, in the second day of back-to-back gay marriage cases, turned to a constitutional challenge to the law that prevents legally married gay Americans from collecting federal benefits generally available to straight married couples.

A section of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act says marriage may only be a relationship between a man and a woman for purposes of federal law, regardless of state laws that allow same-sex marriage.

The DOMA argument follows Tuesday's case over California's ban on same-sex marriage, a case in which the justices indicated they might avoid a major national ruling on whether America's gays and lesbians have a right to marry. Even without a significant ruling, the court appeared headed for a resolution that would mean the resumption of gay and lesbian weddings in California.

Marital status is relevant in more than 1,100 federal laws that include estate taxes, Social Security survivor benefits and health benefits for federal employees. Lawsuits around the country have led four federal district courts and two appeals courts to strike down the law's Section 3, which defines marriage. In 2011, the Obama administration abandoned its defense of the law but continues to enforce it. House Republicans are now defending DOMA in the courts.

Same-sex marriage is legal in nine states and the District of Columbia. The states are Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont and Washington. It also was legal in California for less than five months in 2008.

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  • junkmail5 Mar 28, 2013

    The people voted to keep Gay Marriages out of North Carolina.

    Get over it, elections have consequences.
    ConservativeVoter

    yeah, not really.

    You don't get to vote on civil rights.

    The supreme court will have to teach NC (and many other states) this lesson once again just like it did when they tried to deny them to black people.

  • Bob3425 Mar 28, 2013

    She jumping on the band wagon, one more vote is what she is after.

  • dwntwnboy2 Mar 28, 2013

    "The people voted to keep Gay Marriages out of North Carolina"- they also voted on an amendment to keep couples of different races from getting married too....how'd that bit of discrimination work out for you? Pretty much the same outcome that we will see for gays at some point.

  • ConservativeVoter Mar 28, 2013

    ""Given the results of NC's Amendment One, this is just more proof that radical liberal Kay Hagan does not represent the interests of NC."

    This amendment will soon be irrelevant. It will eventually , sooner then later, be struck down by the supreme court.
    bowens44"

    Democrats only believe in the will of the people when it supports their Socialist/Marxist agenda of destroying the country through self-inflicted Damage.

    The people voted to keep Gay Marriages out of North Carolina.

    Get over it, elections have consequences.

  • ConservativeVoter Mar 28, 2013

    One more reason to not re-elect Hagan in the fall.

  • Cary Progressive Mar 28, 2013

    UNCRules123, uh what? yes progressives can cite bigots when they are flying their freak flags in full swing. what does that have to do with being a progressive? a progressive is someone who doesn't want the tax burden put on the 90% of tax payers, but rather on the top 10% whose share of the national income has skyrocketed, therefore they should pay the additional taxes. Bigots in the South have a long history of fascist leanings. Just look at that tea party guy in Texas whose an avowed fascist. Face it, the GOP is really the Fascist Party, especially since the tea party takeover, including in NC. http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/03/19/texas-tea-party-leader-promotes-fascist-party-as-pro-constitution-pro-america/

  • junkmail5 Mar 28, 2013

    "So if we don't get our morals from the Bible then where do we get them from?"

    So without the bible you would have no morals?
    bowens44

    or to put this another way- if you're only not being a horrible person to avoid punishment then you are already a horrible person.

    Errrr... "Loose Confederation of States" getting looser all the time.
    UNCRules12

    yeah, not really.

  • bowens44 Mar 28, 2013

    "The acceptance of homosexuality within the boundaries of this country is equivalent to the beginning of the end of society as we know it."

    Let's hope so because right now the bigotry enshrined in our state constitution and the laws of 30 or so states makes us look like a bunch neanderthals.

  • bowens44 Mar 28, 2013

    "So if we don't get our morals from the Bible then where do we get them from?"

    So without the bible you would have no morals?

  • bowens44 Mar 28, 2013

    "Given the results of NC's Amendment One, this is just more proof that radical liberal Kay Hagan does not represent the interests of NC."

    This amendment will soon be irrelevant. It will eventually , sooner then later, be struck down by the supreme court.

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