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Democratic Congressional Candidate Matt Cartwright Now Supports Marriage Equality

MattCartwrightMatt Cartwright, a Democratic congressional candidate from Pennsylvania, said this week that he has completely evolved on the issue of marriage equality.

Though the practicing Catholic said in July that he is not onboard with the Obama administration's pro-equality politics — "I’m very old school and old-fashioned," he said — Cartwright says he has thought long and hard about the issue and now sees the error of his ways.

"It wasn’t any ‘ah-ha’ moment. One thing I didn’t want to be was rushed into (making a decision). It seemed like Vice President Biden rushed the president into it," Cartwright told the Times Leader, referring to how Biden said he supported marriage equality before the president had a chance to share his own evolution.

Cartwright continued: "I just kept thinking it over in my mind and I didn’t see a good reason to discriminate against a substantial population of American citizens." He also said that he may not have come to this new understanding had it not been for his campaign: "This is a job where you have to take positions."

Laureen Cummings, Cartwright's GOP rival for a seat in the U.S. House, remains steadfast in her opposition to equality: "As a Christian, I believe the Lord says gay marriage, just as divorce, is wrong," she said, before describing the marriage debate as a "wedge issue" used by progressives to "divide the country."

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  1. actually, you stupid republican tw@t-waffle, it's a wedge-issue used by anti-progressives because you can't talk honestly to your base about your fiscal and tax policies.

    because your fiscal and tax policies don't benefit your base at all - they only benefit the tiniest wealthiest percentile of your base.

    so, rather than say "Hey working class joes, vote for us and you'll still be broke and unable to pay for your child's cancer treatments!" , you get in front of them and say "Don'tcha just think that it's wrong that Obama wants to de-Christianize america by making everyone a Muslim? He wants your sons to become gay and he will force your daughters to have abortions, while watching Glee."


    Laureen Cummings is an idiot. And since there are more heterosexuals, and thus more people divorcing than there are gays marrying, she really should change her stance to one that is adamantly anti-divorce. As in, leading legislation that would outlaw divorce. Because that would make her failed attempts at logic at least consistent....

    But just so we're all clear, and that goes for your gay conservatives still desperately sucking up to the families and communitie that are ashamed of you, it aint progressives that are using this as a wedge-issue. It's conservatives. And they use it because they can't be clear and honest about any of their other fiscal policies.

    know that.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Aug 24, 2012 12:03:43 PM


  2. Ms Cummings should reread that collection of horrors, myths and contradictions called the bible. In some books of the bible divorce is OK. It others it is condemned. The writers of the books of the bible were a lot like Romney. They took every position on many issues.

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 24, 2012 12:11:36 PM


  3. "As a Christian, I believe the Lord says gay marriage, just as divorce, is wrong,"

    I quite agree with Little Kiwi that she should also embrace a strong anti-divorce stance. However, I do find it refreshing that someone is acknowledging that the gospel writers record that Jesus claimed that divorce was a sin - at times even the sin of adultery which is a violation of one of the Ten Commandments.

    On the other hand, where does she get that the gospel writers record that Jesus said anything about homosexuality, let alone gay marriage? BTW - There is now an attempt to read one verse in Matthew as anti-homosexual. When I was an evangelical back in the 1970s that particular verse in Matthew was interpreted as referring only to heterosexuals. I seriously believe that the newer interpretation by fundamentalists that it includes homosexuals is a solely the result of homophobia.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Aug 24, 2012 12:45:19 PM


  4. I bet this guy is the latest version of Sam Aurora, the Md Dem who supported marriage equality while a candidate & then stabbed everyone in the back after he was elected.

    Posted by: mike flower | Aug 24, 2012 1:46:24 PM


  5. Actually no Mike, he's not. He's going to be my next Congressman and the glbt community supports him fully here in Northeast PA.

    Posted by: John Simpson | Aug 24, 2012 2:50:32 PM


  6. The back story here is that Cartwright ran against a more conservative incumbent in the Democratic primary. After he had beaten that guy, he could move a few steps to the left, for the general election in November. Politics. It's all a dance. Mr Simpson (above) is correct that he'll be a better Congress member than the GOP opponent or the previous incumbent. Perhaps a lot better, we'll see.

    Posted by: Christopher | Aug 25, 2012 12:28:27 PM


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