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US Sen. Hagan of NC backs same-sex marriage rights

RALEIGH, N.C. — Senator Kay Hagan of North Carolina said Wednesday that she backs marriage rights for same-sex couples, joining a growing number of Democratic Party politicians ahead of her reelection race next year.

Hagan announced her position as the Supreme Court heard arguments on the federal Defense of Marriage Act, a law that denies federal benefits to married same-sex couples.

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