Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandGillibrand: Kavanaugh accuser shouldn't participate in 'sham' hearing Booker: It would be ‘irresponsible’ not to consider running for president Ex-GOP donor urges support for Dems in midterms: 'Democracy is at stake' 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