Thus in a phone conversation with The Times Leader, Cartwright said: "I’m for marriage equality. There’s no reason to discriminate against gay people. They’re not a threat against anybody."
He added that religious institutions should not be forced to perform ceremonies: "Religious freedom is of vital importance to me, and I don’t think any church should be forced to perform a ceremony."
According to The Los Angeles Times, as recently as 2004, a Pew Research Center poll found that 60 percent of Americans were opposed to allowing same-sex couples to marry, with 36 percent strongly opposed. By last month, those opposed had shrunk to 43 percent, with 22 percent strongly opposed.
Cartwright is candidate in the 17th District and will face Lauren Cummings, a republican who thinks "the Lord says gay marriage, just as divorce, is wrong."
According to The Times Leader, she said she does not support gay marriage nor does she support civil unions, though she said if Pennsylvania were to pass a law legalizing either she would support the law, just not the concept.