Linda McMahon, the former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) CEO and Senate candidate from Connecticut, says she opposes the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which outlaws federal agencies from recognizing the legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples.

McMahon is battling her Democratic rival, Rep. Chris Murphy, for the seat being vacated by retiring Senator Joseph Lieberman, a Democrat turned independent.

In their first debate held on Sunday, McMahon was asked which state, North Carolina or Connecticut, got it right on gay nuptials. North Carolina, McMahon's home state, in May approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a heterosexual union, while the Connecticut Supreme Court legalized such unions in 2008.

McMahon stumbled in her response, saying that she supports “America's law for same-sex marriage,” and Murphy quickly pounced.

“America doesn't have a law protecting same-sex marriage, in fact it has the exact opposite,” Murphy said. “The fact that Linda McMahon only spent 20 seconds answering that question tells you that she's not going to stand up to her party in Washington when it comes to these issues that are right now being dominated by the social right in Washington.”

In her rebuttal, McMahon expanded on her answer, saying she would have voted to end “Don't Ask, Don't Tell.”

She later added: “I have changed my position on DOMA because with now gay marriage approved in the the state of Connecticut, I don't think it's fair.”