Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax hit by earlier hack | What to know about Kaspersky controversy | Officials review EU-US privacy pact Senate passes 0B defense bill MORE (D-N.Y.) came out in support of gay marriage rights just hours before she was announced as her state's next U.S. senator.

Gillibrand, who will leave the House for the upper chamber, announced her support to the Empire State Pride Agenda, which released a statement Friday praising Gillibrand's position.

"After talking to Kirsten Gillibrand, I am very happy to say that New York is poised to have its first U.S. Senator who supports marriage equality for same-sex couples," said Alan Van Capelle, the group's executive director. "She also supports the full repeal of the federal DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) law, repeal of Don