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To the other 8 Democrats who are afraid to come out for gay marriage, you're passing up a great chance to boost your re-election fundraising:

Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) received a fundraising boost Thursday from the group LGBT Democrats of North Carolina following her endorsement of gay marriage a day earlier.

The group's initial fundraising target of $1,000 for Hagan was surpassed in five hours, so the goal was raised to $2,500, Matt Comer of Q Notes reported. As of Thursday evening, the effort had pulled in $2,128.

Hagan, up for reelection in 2014, announced her support for marriage equality on Wednesday.

"I know there are strong feelings on both sides, and I have a great deal of respect for their opinions," Hagan said in an interview with the Raleigh, N.C., newspaper News & Observer. "But after much thought and prayer on my part this is where I am today." - Huffington Post, 3/38/13

It just goes to show that when you support what's right, the campaign dollars come pouring in.  Senator Bob Casey (D. PA) came out for gay marriage today and you can bet your butt his fundraising for 2018 is going to go up as well.  Hagan's home state of North Carolina is strongly not in favor of gay marriage:
PPP's first look at gay marriage in the state since last May finds a 4% increase in support. 38% of voters think it should be legal to 54% who think it should not. The last time we asked about this issue the spread was 34/58. 63% of voters now at least support civil unions for same sex couples to only 37% opposed to any kind of legal recognition. That's up from 55% support for civil unions last spring. - PPP, 2/13/13
Yet she still had the guts to come out for gay marriage and her re-election race is probably going to be one of the closest races next year.  What's your excuse Senator Tom Carper (D. DE)?  Or even you, Senator Tim Johnson (D. SD), who's retiring next year?  If you'd like to donate to Hagan's re-election campaign, you can do so here:

Originally posted to pdc on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 06:07 PM PDT.

Also republished by North Carolina BLUE, The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party, Milk Men And Women, and LGBT Kos Community.

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