The office of Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) says the lawmaker is “wary of attempts to alter constitutions” in response to a proposed constitutional amendment in her state that would ban same-sex marriage.
“Senator Hagan implores elected officials everywhere to focus on lowering the nation’s unemployment rate and remains wary of attempts to alter constitutions in the heat of today’s charged political environment,” said Mary Hanley, a Hagan spokeperson.
The spokesperson issued the statement via email in response to the Washington Blade’s request for comment on whether Hagan opposes the measure, which will come before North Carolina voters in May 2012.
The statement doesn’t explicitly mention the amendment or state direct opposition to the measure. It’s similar to a statement the White House first issued to the Washington Blade this week saying President Obama “believes strongly in stopping laws designed to take rights away” without conveying explicit opposition the amendment.
Hagan has been a friend to the LGBT community since she was voted into office in 2008. She voted in favor of hate crimes protections legislation and “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal. She voted as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee in favor of ending the military’s gay ban even before the Pentagon issued its report in November.
The Blade also has a request in to the office of Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) asking whether he opposes the amendment. His office hasn’t respond to the request for comment.
Burr voted in favor of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal, but only after the Pentagon report came out. He also voted against cloture on the repeal measure in the Senate and twice against cloture for the fiscal year 2011 defense authorization bill when the measure carried the repeal language.