The office of North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan has released a statement in opposition to a proposed gay marriage ban.

Last Tuesday, the North Carolina Senate approved a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage in the state and sent it to voters for their approval in May. The House approved the measure the day before. The legislation moved from House committee to final approval in the Senate in roughly 26 hours. All together, lawmakers spent less than six hours debating the issue and blocked the public from debating on the divisive legislation.

“Senator Hagan implores elected officials everywhere to focus on lowering the nation's unemployment rate and remains wary of attempts to alter constitutions in the heat of today's charged political environment,” Mary Hanley, a spokeswoman for Hagan, told gay weekly The Washington Blade.

While the statement does not specifically mention the amendment, Hagan is considered an ally to the gay community. She voted in favor of repeal of the law set to expire Tuesday that bans gay and bisexual troops from serving openly. However, she has yet to co-sponsor legislation that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the law that forbids federal agencies from recognizing the legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples.