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

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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. AND A BIG FUCK YOU GOES OUT TO MY PEEPS THE HOMOS SAYS DICK! State regulated marriage??? Thanks but no thanks. I've never seen such horseshit come out of politics in my life as does that surrounding GLBTs and discrimination. Every Goddamn one of 'em is positioning us as the tipping point in the next election with not one being willing to commit to any real support. The U.S. DOES suck and so do the majority of its Gays and Lesbians because we are willing to throw others under the bus for a scrap here and a scrap there. FUCK YOU FAGS! I'll move elsewhere.

    Posted by: Marc C | Jun 1, 2009 11:36:28 PM


  2. I wouldn't believe this Man if I was paid to. He is dangerous and a moreover a DAMN LIAR and as for his daughter...............

    Whatever!

    Posted by: chocolatebear | Jun 2, 2009 12:44:51 AM


  3. wow.wow.wow. We are actually picking Chaney over Obama. Sort of like Chaney picking Rush L over the former secretary of state Powel. My gay brothers ad sisters never fail to amaze me.

    Posted by: doro | Jun 2, 2009 2:33:15 AM


  4. After reading about a dozen comments uttering "he never did anything while in office blah blah"....let me remind those, THAT is not so:

    During the 2004 Presidential Election he said:
    "With respect to the question of relationships, my general view is that freedom means freedom for everybody,"
    Also adding:
    "People ought to be free to enter into any kind of relationship they want to."

    He even voiced his support for same-sex marriage from as far back as the 2000 election. Also, he opposed Bush's attempts at a constitutional amendment to restrict marriage to heterosexual couples

    His speech yesterday, was just a reiteration of his past views and statements. So yes, although Mr. Cheney isn't the most upstanding citizen one must still give credit, where credit is due. And those that are getting hung up on the "we have lived with " part, are just being to damn critical. His love for his daughter is evident for the very fact that he defied his party when their whole 2004 election base was basically built on attacking the gay community.

    Can we just put aside our personal feelings towards the man, and just accept that he believes in gay marriage and had NO problem admitting as much while in office.

    Posted by: Devon | Jun 2, 2009 3:58:24 AM


  5. Again the tired old fags and queens on this site refuse to acknowledge that someone from the right might actually be more forward thinking then the precious Obama. Even if he used some interesting words of choice to explain his feelings.....it is more than Obama has provided. If you think Cheney is suck a evil fuck, you might want to see what they do to those of us who like men in other countries! They fucking torture and kill us for being us. Be glad this Evil Fuck is on your side!

    Posted by: jimcord | Jun 2, 2009 4:24:11 AM


  6. The fact that most of the comments about his comment are so negative an ill informed makes me wonder why we think we are so much more enlightened about issues than people who do not agree with is 100%. Everyone likes to take pot shots and evryone else and absolutely no common ground is gained.fight and pass all the legislation to serve our needs...thats winning a few battles....change people's hearts and minds and in the long run we win the war! Oh I forgot war is ALWAYS A BAD WORD...Jeez this country is fucked

    Posted by: John | Jun 2, 2009 7:35:30 AM


  7. Butt of coarse! Can everybody see through this political sham? Another opportunity taken to assault President Obama, but this time Mr. President, you have left yourself wide open!

    Now, as for you Mr. Nutbag, this PROVES that you believe in torture!

    I'll be glad when the media stops giving this war criminal his platform to give us his opinions that we don't want and his face which we long ago tired of seeing -- like about 1981.

    Begone, foul stench!

    Posted by: Bruce Mayhall | Jun 2, 2009 9:52:20 AM


  8. Many of the posters have brought up Dick Cheney's worst deeds and beliefs again and again to minimize the relevance of his stance on same-sex marriage. These posters seem to think this helps their point, i.e., "He's evil and awful so it doesn't matter what he thinks!" In fact it does the exact opposite--it highlights even more the irony that Dick Cheney supports our right to marry, while Barack Obama and the half-witted "justices" on the CA Supreme Court do not. Period. Squeals about his belief that those marriages should be state-recognized agreements are pretty much irrelevant to the salient point: Dick Cheney supports a form of same-sex marriage and Pres. Obama supports no form of same-sex marriage. Again, period.

    In so many ways Dick Cheney has been an enemy to our country's basic principles. He's worked to restrict the rights of Americans and has stood against various universal human rights. And yet despite all of those evil deeds and despite his defective reasoning about what our country stands for, he has recognized our fundamental right to marry--this is a civil rights issue for Chrissake!--and he has publicly stated, in this situation at least, that freedom means freedom for everyone; while Obama, our supposed friend and leader and the deified embodiment of Change, has not. So Darth Vader gets it, while Luke Skywalker, our hero, does not.

    That a fascist like Cheney--a man who's never met a right he wasn't willing to stomp on--supports same-sex marriage makes it more monumental and relevant, not less.

    Posted by: Tom K. | Jun 2, 2009 10:39:17 AM


  9. Oh, and some, like Bruce above, have cast doubt on Cheney's motives, reminding us that the man is after all a politician. But I don't see the political benefit. Cheney is part of a party whose members overwhelmingly do not support same-sex marriage; and apparently he has no further political ambitions. So where's the political payoff? Even Barack Obama recognized that public support for same-sex marriage was political poison. So tell me how this is political.

    Posted by: Tom K. | Jun 2, 2009 10:45:12 AM


  10. You know I think this just highlights a very "let them eat cake" type of angle for the whole states' rights argument- if Lynne Cheney were Lou Cheney they could easily relocate to a state where they could get married and that would be that. However, people who didn't happen to run Halliburton or other multinational corporations don't really have the luxury of that mobility... it's a great conservative cop-out.

    Posted by: Matt | Jun 2, 2009 11:15:56 AM


  11. Geez, you gays are morons. It's not that hard to figure out: When Cheney said "I think people ought to get a shot at that, and they do at present" he is talking about states having the freedom to debate and decide their position on gay marriage without federal intervention... which presently they do. Some states have decided against it, some haven't. It's democracy. A concept gays are totally against and just want to lord their views over the larger populace by any means necessary "whether they like it or not."

    Posted by: Blah Blah | Jun 2, 2009 11:38:51 AM


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