Linda McMahon, the former World
Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) CEO and Senate candidate from
Connecticut, has lost the endorsement of a conservative group over
her opposition to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the 1996 law
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 said she supports marriage equality, adding that she opposes
“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,” she said.
Peter Wolfgang, director of the Family
Institute of Connecticut, reversed his group's endorsement on Monday.
“I'm still voting for Linda because
her victory could mean the end of Roe v. Wade. But because
Linda McMahon flip-flopped and now supports a repeal of DOMA – the
one federal law that stops Connecticut's judicially imposed
re-definition of marriage from being imposed on the rest of the
nation – my September 18th endorsement of her is no
longer accurate,” Wolfgang
wrote on the group's Facebook page.