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."