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Dick Cheney: 'I Don't Have Any Problem with [Same-Sex Marriage]'


Former Vice President Dick Cheney was asked about same-sex marriage at the National Press Club today. In his answer, Cheney mentioned his lesbian daughter and said that he has no problem with same-sex marriage at the state level. My transcript below.

Said Cheney: "Freedom means freedom for everyone. Many of you know one of my daughters is gay - something we've lived with for a long time in our family. I think people ought to be free to enter into any kind of union they wish, any kind of arrangement they wish. The question of whether or not there should be a federal statue that governs this, I don't support. I do believe that historically the way marriage has been regulated is at the state level. This has always been a state issue. And I think that's the way it ought to be handled today, on a state-by-state basis. Different states that make different decisions. I don't have any problem with that. I think people ought to get a shot at that, and they do at present."

On another note, is this the first time that Cheney has discussed his daughter's sexuality voluntarily? Historically he's been surly and offended when the subject has been brought up. You may remember a January 2007 interview in which Wolf Blitzer asked Cheney about his daughter's child, and Cheney replied, "frankly, you're out of line with that question."

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Obama should be ashamed.

    Posted by: AS13 | Jun 1, 2009 2:58:11 PM

  2. It's sad...really, really sad...that this evil fucker is more enlightened on marriage equality than President Obama.

    Posted by: Terry | Jun 1, 2009 3:01:57 PM

  3. Now, if only one of his family members could be waterboarded or subjected to the Abu Ghraib naked pyramid treatment, then he might also admit that torture is torture and doesn't work.

    Posted by: henry | Jun 1, 2009 3:06:05 PM

  4. This is entirely in his character. He's evil and selfish. His daughter is a dyke. So it's in his own evil self-interest to side with his evil, selfish daughter.

    If she wasn't gay, he would be anti-gay.

    Also, this isn't an enlightened view. Every state gets to decide? So what, gays are first class citizens in some states, and nothing in others?

    And does he think banning interracial marriage should be a state decision?

    Posted by: Eshto | Jun 1, 2009 3:11:31 PM

  5. "I think people ought to get a shot at that, and they do at present."


    What the hell is that supposed to mean? WHO gets a shot at that?

    And yes marriage is determined at the state level but EVERY state recognizes ALL marriages from other states in EVERY other circumstance. Does he support the same being true for same-sex marriages and what about federal recognition of those marriages?

    Posted by: Zeke | Jun 1, 2009 3:12:10 PM

  6. Give me a break. Doesn't matter how you feel about Obama, anybody who roots for Dicktator Cheney have only a little sense of human dignity.

    Posted by: D.C | Jun 1, 2009 3:13:01 PM

  7. This highlights my central problem with Obama: I don't believe Obama views gay marriage as a civil rights issue on par with Black civil rights. I cannot imagine that a Persident Obama in 1960 would have quietly tolerated discrimination against blacks the way he does with gay discrimination now. No matter his legal ability to carry out policy, if Obama truly believed that gay marriage was about civil rights be couln't help but be more vocal in his support of civil equality. But I think don't he does... even when people like Dick Cheney show him up in this issue.

    Posted by: Kipp | Jun 1, 2009 3:14:31 PM

  8. Exactly.It doesnt matter what this ugly bald fat white goose bag sack of cellulite says about marriage equality as far as Im conerned he is still an evil son of a bitch who has aided Bush in bringing this country into the ground.

    BTW if he is so for marriage equality why didnt his son of a bitch ass say something while still serving in the white house?


    And for any queen who is actually enlightened by this douche's view on marriage equality,you are just as much as a hypocrite as he and Obama.

    But of course the log cabin scumbags of this alleged community will be jumpin up and down in his seat because a rethuglican actually said something in favor of gay people.MONTHS after he and Bush's term ended. FUCK OFF!!!

    Posted by: Automotive Enthusiast | Jun 1, 2009 3:14:49 PM

  9. Uh, NO he's NOT "more enlightened on marriage equality than President Obama!

    Even ignoring the "something we've lived with for a long time in our family"...you know, like CANCER or A MASS MURDERER..... his position is, overall, exactly the same as Mr. Obama's, but implicitly inferior in another way.

    He, like Mr. Obama [and all his Dem primary competitors save Kucinich], says he believes STATES should be able to do whatever THEY want. That is, if they approve of marriage equality, fine. If they BAN marriage equality, that's also fine.

    The fuzzy part is what he means by,

    "The question of whether or not there should be a federal statue that governs this, I don't support."

    If he means he's opposed to a US Constitutional ban, hooray, but so is Obama [as was all his Dem primary competitors].

    If he means there should be no federal RECOGNITION of marriage equality of ANY kind such as giving gay couples federal benefits in any shape or form then he is BEHIND Mr. Obama [and all of his former Dem primary competitors].

    Posted by: Michael @ LeonardMatlovich.com | Jun 1, 2009 3:15:39 PM

  10. "It's sad...really, really sad...that this evil fucker is more enlightened on marriage equality than President Obama."

    Note that he's only "more enlightened" now that he's not in office. It'd have been great for him to say that during the Bush/Cheney Administration. Then it'd have made a big difference. Not as much now.

    Posted by: damien | Jun 1, 2009 3:16:08 PM

  11. Obama should be ashamed, but let's not forget that Cheney never said ANYTHING about this while his tail was in the White House. Before? Yes. Now? Yes. During? Nope.

    Posted by: ichabod | Jun 1, 2009 3:16:40 PM

  12. "I do believe that historically the way marriage has been regulated is at the state level."

    Except of course for DOMA, the IRS, Immigration, Social Security, etc.

    Posted by: Alan | Jun 1, 2009 3:18:45 PM

  13. "It's sad...really, really sad...that this evil fucker is more enlightened on marriage equality than President Obama."

    It's easy for Dick Cheney to take this so-called "enlightened" position now that he's never going to run for political office again. And, of course, his views aren't really so enlightened as has been pointed out in previous comments on this post.

    Posted by: elg | Jun 1, 2009 3:21:38 PM

  14. "I don't have any problem with same sex marriage...or torture!"

    Not an endorsement I care to have...

    Posted by: Lewis Payton | Jun 1, 2009 3:22:03 PM

  15. Maybe OBAMA will grow some balls and speak up!

    a wavering former supporter of Obama

    Posted by: steve | Jun 1, 2009 3:26:38 PM

  16. Dick Cheney's new position is different from President Obama's. Cheney is basically saying that all of the federally regulated laws should not be provided to same sex couples, but the state can regulate it; therefore, same sex couples would not be able to receive any federal benefits. President Obama does not believe in marriage equality, UNFORTUNTATELY, however, he does believe in recognizing civil unions on a federal level as well as repealing some of those heinous laws (time will tell) set up by our federal government under Clinton and Bush and this man. These civil unions will allow same sex couples to receive federal benefits. President Obama has also advocated that same sex marriage should be handled on a state by state basis. Although we may be frustrated with our current President’s lack of a voice on GLBT issues as of late, his positions are quite different.

    Posted by: Timothy K | Jun 1, 2009 3:28:05 PM

  17. He's spoken about this on at least one occasion before, but this is while he's in a bigger spotlight. Yes, he's evil and he (like a lot of people) wouldn't be for it if he didn't have a daughter who was gay. That's just the way it is, but it doesn't make him a better person in my eyes.

    Posted by: Bruno | Jun 1, 2009 3:30:45 PM

  18. Cheney's response is almost exactly word-for-word the same as his response during the 2004 VP debate. He also stated, at the time, that it was the President who set policy for the Administration, which was pushing for the Federal Marriage Amendment.

    So, technically, he did address it, however anemically. He was unwilling to take on his boss on marriage. But he helped out Valerie Plame as a CIA agent, and pushed torture.

    Posted by: Hank Drake | Jun 1, 2009 3:31:48 PM

  19. Folks, you don't really believe a word Dick Cheney says, do you? He'll be supporting the repeal of DADT next.

    And he's not endorsing federal recognition of samesex marriages, either.

    Posted by: Roscoe | Jun 1, 2009 3:32:10 PM

  20. Hey Cheney go Fuck yourself! May we all wake up one morning soon and find out to hear that Mr Cheney is No longer on this human plane of existance!

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Jun 1, 2009 3:35:47 PM

  21. Cheney is, of course, pretty evil, but his "support" of gay marriage at this stage isn't unimportant. The lemmings that worship at the alter of Fox News actually listen to this man (especially now that he won't shut up).

    Posted by: Denis | Jun 1, 2009 3:36:22 PM

  22. Talk about single issue. This man is unelectable to anything now, and can say what he wants.

    I am supposed to applaud becuase this torturer gave a lukewarm defense of SSM? Yawn.

    Posted by: Lar | Jun 1, 2009 3:37:03 PM

  23. "Freedom means freedom for everybody" is exactly what Cheney said 4 years ago when asked about gay marriage. He supported gay marriage against the president *and* his own political party. If Cheney's daughter wasn't gay, I don't know what he might say.. but the simple fact is that Dick Cheney is (amd has been for years now) more to-the-point about gay marriage than Obama. This doesn't make Dick Cheney better - it simply makes Obama look worse. Rather than trying to dismiss Cheney's viewpoint, gays should be forcing Obama to own-up to the disparity.

    Posted by: Kipp | Jun 1, 2009 3:42:47 PM

  24. whoa...did hell freeze over? pigs flying?


    Posted by: liz templin | Jun 1, 2009 3:46:26 PM

  25. I agree with Zeke on "I think people ought to get a shot at that, and they do at present."... my response was also "WHAT?!?!?" does Darth Cheney even know what he is talking about? So you theink we DO get a shot at present? You mean in all States? Everywhere? Let's see... NO... we DON'T. So does he advocate that if people want 'a shot' that they should have to MOVE to a different State in the US where they do get this famous 'shot' at it? Jeez, that is such fabulous equality, isn't it! I suggest a clarification from the geezer...

    Posted by: CK | Jun 1, 2009 3:47:29 PM

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