Members of the LGBT Democrats of North Carolina are raising funds to support U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan following her announcement Wednesday in support of full marriage rights for same-sex couples.

The group originally set a goal of raising $1,000. They had surpassed the goal in less than five hours and a new goal of $2,500 was set.

As of Thursday morning, a total of $2,033 was raised toward the goal.

On Wednesday, Hagan announced she fully supported same-sex marriage rights.

“I know there are strong feelings on both sides, and I have a great deal of respect for their opinions,” Hagan told Raleigh’s News & Observer. “But after much thought and prayer on my part this is where I am today.

“I know all our families do not look alike,” Hagan continued. “We all want the same thing for our families. We want happiness, we want health, prosperity, a bright future for our children and grandchildren. After conversations I’ve had with family members, with people I go to church with and with North Carolinians from all walks of life, I’ve come to my own personal conclusion that we should not tell people who they can love, or who they can marry. It’s time to move forward with this issue.”

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.