U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan declares her support
for gay marriage
By Rob Christensen | March 27, 2013
I post this article because, with more and more movement in support from elected members of both houses of Congress (the U.S. Senate seems to get more attention) as well as from former elected leaders and some in the beltway (David Frum, at The Daily Beast, is on board), Kay Hagan coming on board to support marriage equality is important.Sen. Kay Hagan said Wednesday that she supported the right of gay people to marry, saying “we should not tell people who they can love or who they can marry.”Hagan, one of the few Democratic senators who had not previously come out in support of gay marriage, announced her support as the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on a U.S. law that denies federal benefits to married same-sex couples.
The Democrat from North Carolina is up for re-election next year. But N.C. is a state trending away from the Republicans and toward competitive (that is, in how many points more red or more blue is a given state; at the presidential level, N.C. is no longer advantageous for the GOP as other states from the Old Confrederacy like ex-bellwether Tennessee). Sorry if that seems that I'm interpreting this based on electability reasons, which would be cynical, but it is not avoidable. (I think Susan Collins, up for re-election next year in Maine, will become the second Republican to join in. Collins may be more at risk, frankly, if she doesn't sign on.)
So, it's good that U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) is joining in … and every member of the party should be on board. The article notes that nine are still left (without having declared support): Arkansas's Mark Pryor; Delaware's Tom Carper; Florida's Bill Nelson; Indiana's Joe Donnelly; Louisiana's Mary Landrieu; North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp; Pennsylvania's Bob Casey; South Dakota's Tim Johnson; and West Virginia's Joe Manchin.