Sen. Kay Hagan supports gay marriage

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Kay Hagan (Credit: Hagan.senate.gov)

U.S. Senator Kay Hagan says she supports gay marriage, WTVD reports.

In a statement Wednesday, Hagan said she has 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,” she said.

Hagan, a Greensboro attorney, former banker and ex-state senator, said her decision didn’t come overnight.

“Last year, I opposed Amendment One because I was concerned about the negative consequences it could have on North Carolina families and our economy,” she said. “The fabric of North Carolina and what makes our state so special is our families and our common desire for a brighter future for our children. 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.”

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