A Cheney Family Feud Over Gay Marriage

Cheney Family Feud

Former vice president Dick Cheney’s daughters are having a very public family feud over the issue of same-sex marriage.

The family feud started when Liz Cheney, who is running in the GOP primary for U.S. Senate in Wyoming, declared on Fox News Sunday that she believes in the traditional definition of marriage – despite the fact that her sister Mary is married to a woman.

“I love Mary very much, I love her family very much,” Liz Cheney said Sunday on Fox News, explaining her position. “This is just an issue on which we disagree.”

Even Dick Cheney endorses same-sex marriage. When your views are the most extremist in the CHENEY family, you should probably reevaluate them.

But Liz Cheney has a good reason to throw her sister under the bus – she’s behind in the polls. Liz Cheney’s support has faded in Wyoming since the summer, allowing Senator Mike Enzi to expand his already sizeable lead even further. And since Republican voters in the state of Wyoming are still, for the most part, pretty damn scared of same-sex marriage, Cheney decided to go with the self-serving option and adopt the viewpoints of one of the reddest state around to try and pick up a few extra votes.

This did not sit well with Mary Cheney and her wife Heather Poe. Poe decided to call Liz Cheney out – on Facebook.

“I was watching my sister-in-law on Fox News Sunday (yes Liz, in fifteen states and the District of Columbia you are my sister-in-law) and was very disappointed to hear her say “I do believe in the traditional definition of marriage.”

Liz has been a guest in our home, has spent time and shared holidays with our children, and when Mary and I got married in 2012 – she didn’t hesitate to tell us how happy she was for us.

To have her now say she doesn’t support our right to marry is offensive to say the least


I can’t help but wonder how Liz would feel if as she moved from state to state, she discovered that her family was protected in one but not the other.

I always thought freedom meant freedom for EVERYONE.”

Mary Cheney “liked” the post so much that she shared it, adding “Liz — this isn’t just an issue on which we disagree you’re just wrong — and on the wrong side of history.”

In subsequent interview, Mary Cheney went on to say it’s now “impossible” for the sisters to reconcile as long as Liz Cheney maintains that position on gay marriage. But the family feud has put Dick Cheney, who has tried to remain as neutral as possible, in an awkward position. The two sisters will NOT be spending Thanksgiving or Christmas together – but who will Dick Cheney choose?

Via: New York Times

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