03/28/2013 09:10 pm ET

Kay Hagan Gets Fundraising Boost After Backing Gay Marriage

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."

In the interview, Hagan declined to predict how the news may affect her reelection in the mostly conservative state.

Voters in North Carolina overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment last year that defined marriage as between a man and a woman. The following day, President Barack Obama became the first sitting president to declare his support for gay marriage.

Like Hagan, Obama's gay marriage endorsement prompted an immediate fundraising boost from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocates.



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