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Dick and Lynne Cheney Voice Support for Marriage Equality on 'The View': VIDEO


Barbara Walters asked Lynne Cheney what she thinks of gay marriage on The View today.

After explaining that her daughter Mary is partnered with Heather Poe, Cheney said, "I think that whatever Mary and Heather decide to do is up to Mary and Heather."

Nudged Walters, "So, you're not against gay marriage."

"That's right," said Cheney.

"Do you agree with that?" asked Joy Behar of the former Vice President.

"Yes," answered Cheney, dodging a follow-up on whether the issue should be federal law. "I think freedom means freedom for everybody and you ought to have the right to make whatever choice you want to make with respect to your own personal situation.


Cheney has publicly supported marriage equality for more than two years now. In June 2009, at an appearance at the National Press Club, he said that he thought it should be handled on a state-by-state basis.

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  1. A lot of f-ing good it does now that you are out of office and have no bearing on policy, but thanks.

    Posted by: Kent | Sep 13, 2011 2:27:16 PM

  2. why do we keep giving this guy a media platform instead of putting him behind bars?

    fuckin American media.

    Posted by: suede | Sep 13, 2011 2:31:31 PM

  3. ...still, he is mass murderer.

    Posted by: Retail Jobs | Sep 13, 2011 2:32:55 PM

  4. bless his black, whirring, metal heart.

    Posted by: truthiness | Sep 13, 2011 2:36:33 PM

  5. I still wouldn't piss up his ass if his guts were on fire!

    Posted by: Ben | Sep 13, 2011 2:41:29 PM

  6. The gallows are too good for that man... We should toss them into an impoverished neighborhood in Iraq and let them have justice.

    Posted by: Jesus | Sep 13, 2011 2:52:41 PM

  7. Well, since Obama has taken office, and continued with war on both fronts in Iraq as well as Afghanistan, I guess that would make him a mass murderer as well. Oh, don't forget Bill Clinton ordering the bombings in Yugoslavia which turned out to be a big mistake.

    Posted by: Matt | Sep 13, 2011 2:57:52 PM

  8. @Matt,

    You are so right.

    the US government has by far been more violent and aggressive globally than any other organization.

    Posted by: Retail Jobs | Sep 13, 2011 3:01:49 PM

  9. being against marriage equality helped his political career.

    being for marriage equality will help him sell books.

    what a tool.

    Posted by: EO | Sep 13, 2011 3:09:56 PM

  10. It's like finding out Satan is endorsing marriage Equality. Gag.

    Posted by: Jonathan | Sep 13, 2011 3:12:57 PM

  11. Obama's crimes don't devalue Cheney's, KAPO!

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Sep 13, 2011 3:13:29 PM

  12. I'm sure Joyless Bray-hard's jaw hit the floor.

    Posted by: Tom | Sep 13, 2011 3:14:00 PM

  13. There is nothing he could ever say that could possibly redeem Cheney for the extreme hate,lies and evil deeds he and other cohorts have committed while in elective office...he is obviously very ill and close to death and to try to absolve himself of his atrocities against Gay Rights is sickening to watch

    Posted by: Jay S | Sep 13, 2011 3:14:01 PM

  14. This is kind of like having Ayatollah Khomeini becoming a Vegan. He's still Evil.

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Sep 13, 2011 3:16:30 PM

  15. @Matt--You are absolutely right. Bush's cabinet was responsible for starting this illegal war, and Obama's is responsible for continuing it. They all have blood on their hands, but thanks for your sarcasm.

    Posted by: Jesus | Sep 13, 2011 3:19:18 PM

  16. Matt is so wrong.
    1. Unlike Bush, Obama is drawing down the war fronts (We will have less than 3,000 troops in Iraq come January 1st and the President has a plan to be completely out of Afghanistan by 2014).
    2. The bombings of Yugoslavia were (and remain) the right thing to do.

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Sep 13, 2011 3:19:32 PM

  17. but lets US increase the drone attacks.
    it is rather the Proper and Western.

    Posted by: Hi | Sep 13, 2011 3:22:29 PM


    "ought to be handled on a state-by-state basis" means that he SUPPORTS their legal "right" to DENY marriage equality as much as allow it.

    STILL a pig!

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell@LeonardMatlovich.com | Sep 13, 2011 3:26:11 PM

  19. Better late than never. Thank you, Cheney(s).

    Posted by: Max | Sep 13, 2011 3:33:19 PM

  20. Great, so a war criminal guilty of crimes against humanity holds a position that is in his own family's self-interest.

    Posted by: ugck | Sep 13, 2011 3:53:13 PM

  21. You people are idiots. Cheney has long supported marriage equality, and had private disagreements with Dubya about public policy on the matter. It's idiotic not to find common ground with conservatives on this matter, regardless of how profoundly you may disagree on other issues.

    The real weak sauce is the response given by Lynne Cheney. It ISN'T simply between the two private parties. Legal rights come with legal recognition. Swallow your shame, woman, and speak in support for your daughter, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren.

    Posted by: Boudica McKierke | Sep 13, 2011 4:04:01 PM

  22. Once a person makes his first several million $$ or so in oil (or any other business) and is set for his lifetime, I can't understand what the motivation is to continue making money at such a high moral and/or human cost. Sincerely, why would you purposely eff over millions of impoverished people to get more once you've already got more than you'll ever need? Koch Brothers, I'm looking at you too.

    Posted by: Hex | Sep 13, 2011 4:43:36 PM

  23. He's always been a closet gay rights supporter because Mary is his favorite child. When he was director of defense in the early 90s, he called the ban on gays in the military "an old chestnut," which at the time was pretty shocking because his tone and wording indicated he was against it---and that was before DADT was even invented. And of course he wants his daughter to have the rights being denied her and the protections his grandchildren lack.

    That said, given the massive control and power he wielded in the White House, he did nothing about gay rights. Worse, he allowed Karl Rove to use fear of marriage equality for their shared political ends. So while his black heart has always been in the right place, he's done absolutely nothing to help LGBT rights. He may have argued with Bush, but he clearly didn't make it a priority. And I very seriously doubt he lobbied any other GOP members to change their votes on anything related to LGBT rights, or even to tone down their hateful rhetoric.

    If his daughter weren't a lesbian, I doubt he'd hold these views. Not to mention, she's never said a word in public about our rights because let's face it, if Virginia (her home) suddenly passed a bunch (more) hateful laws, they wouldn't apply to her. Not only is she his daughter, she's got a lot of money and friends in high places.

    At least he's better on this subject than Rove, who promoted gay panic in dozens of states despite having had a gay father. But that's like saying Mussolini was better than Hitler.

    Posted by: Paul R | Sep 13, 2011 4:47:41 PM

  24. Thanks for nothing Darth C.

    Posted by: karen in kalifornia | Sep 13, 2011 5:28:30 PM

  25. @ Paul: with respect, no, Cheney never said he thought the gay military ban was "an old chestnut"—that was solely in response to the idea that gays in the military were dangerous because they might be subject to blackmail.

    But the rest of your comments are right on. I don't give a flying F what he, Mrs. Darth Vader, or even Obama THINK about us. If they don't ACT, it's meaningless. Try going to a marriage license bureau in VA or MS or TX and saying, "You have to give us a license because the Cheneys think we should be able to do what we want."

    And I've yet to hear anyone say that he clearly reverse dhis 2009 "states rights" equivocation and said today that he thinks all states SHOULD legalize marriage equality.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell@LeonardMatlovich.com | Sep 13, 2011 6:31:51 PM

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