Liz Cheney: ‘I am Not Pro-Gay Marriage’


Liz Cheney, a candidate for U.S. Senate in Wyoming, reacted yesterday to charges by her opponent that she "aggressively promotes" gay marriage, ABC News reports:

Cheney is running for the U.S. Senate in Wyoming, challenging fellow Republican Sen. Mike Enzi. In a statement today she accused the Enzi campaign of conducting a “push poll” in the state, which asks “Are you aware that Liz Cheney supports abortion and aggressively promotes gay marriage?”

The Enzi campaign categorically denied it conducted the poll.

“I am strongly pro-life and I am not pro-gay marriage,” Cheney said in a statement, adding that she believes “the issue of marriage must be decided by the states, and by the people in the states, not by judges and not even by legislators, but by the people themselves.”

“The people of Wyoming deserve an honest campaign.  They should not be subject to the kind of dirty tricks this push poll represents.  I call on Senator Enzi to denounce this poll and to tell the National Republican Senatorial Committee, or anyone else promoting untruths on his behalf, to stop,” Cheney said.

Cheney's statement breaks with other members of her family. Her sister Mary, who is gay, and her mother and father Dick and Lynne Cheney, support marriage equality.


  1. m says

    is she just covering her ass to get elected or is she really against equality? either she has no ability to stand up for what’s right or she doesn’t deserve to be elected.

  2. NE Rich says

    You’re a sleazy opportunist who would sell your own blood down the river for a vote, vile, apples don’t fall far from the tree.

  3. graphicjack says

    Oh, yes, let’s give the people the vote on this, Liz… and if “the people” (a.k.a. men) were given the vote on the suffrage movement, or any other woman’s rights, how well do you think that would have gone for you? Sit down and shut up. Human rights, and civil rights, are NOT up for a vote.

  4. GJP says

    Republicans like the Cheneys are never really against gay marriage and they never really care about family values either. They just go along with what’s convenient for votes.

    This isn’t a shock at all. The only one of their clan running for office the anti-gay one.

  5. says

    “She’s probably lying to win and honestly its how the game is played.”

    … because she’s playing to the right wing. If she wasn’t, she’d be free to support her sister and marriage equality. But she chose right-wing values over her own family’s values, which is why this is news, not surprising news considering her family tree … but news nonetheless.

  6. DannyEastVillage says

    I’d say it means she can’t get campaign funding if she doesn’t toe the line.

  7. JMC says

    How can she do this to her sister? Whether she’s genuinely a bigot or lying for political expediency, she’s disgusting and I would feel absolutely crushed if I were Mary.

  8. says

    at some point gay republicans need to realize that they, and not “liberal gays”, are the reason the GOP remains utterly anti-Equality.

    THEY are the family, they are the much-touted “gay friends” that anti-gay republicans always claim to have, and their spinelessness is the reason that the GOP continues to consider LGBT people to be dangerous second-class citizens.

    when you refuse to actually stand up for yourselves you give folks no reason to respect you.

    gay republicans. that’s why your party hates you. your self-hate is contagious.

  9. jamal49 says

    Liz, honey, wrap this around your blond locks: being “pro-gay marriage” IS “pro life”. But, it’s nice to know that under pressure you are fink and a rat and reveal your true colours.

  10. MickyFlip says

    This is a classic example of the game of politics. Especially when trying to stay relevant among popular opinion to appease a certain base. Talk about having to slog through the fire pit.

  11. jlavoy says

    An interesting thing here is that the Enzi campaign just assumed Cheney supported gay marriage, based on her own sexual orientation, which is kind of humanizing in a way. Leave it to opportunism and/or internalized homophobia to twist your own soul into knots.

  12. greenfuzz says

    Lizzie,did the people go to the polls and vote so you could get married? You don’t have that same right.

  13. Kevin says

    Little Kiwi,it’s the reason Josh Barro isn’t popular with many of the right wing pundits despite the fact he is very much Republican.
    He won’t play the role of the homocon who is willing to put up with the homophobia of the GOP.

  14. Lymis says

    “is she just covering her ass to get elected or is she really against equality?”

    Good rule of thumb: any Cheney within six light years of a political campaign is saying what is politically expedient. There is absolutely no way to know how she really thinks – which is fine, because if she is elected, it’s not like she’d act from her values or beliefs, either. It would all be political calculation.

    Don’t think for an instant that Mary Cheney’s public statement against her sister isn’t equally calculated and politically choreographed, either.

  15. Yawn says

    Who needs your respect? I’m glad she against. Sorry everyone can’t be for gay marriage. It will be revealed.

  16. chris says

    People, Liz Cheney is married to a man. It’s her sister who is gay, not her, as several people in this thread have suggested. (Although, yes, one would hope she’d have the compassion to accord her sister the same rights she enjoys.)

  17. RonCharles says

    Truth be told, she neither supported nor opposed gay marriage. She simply said that it should be left up to the voters in the states. That leaves her the option of saying she never opposed it later when it does come into effect nationwide as it surely will.

  18. says

    I have brothers like this, and they aren’t even running for any public office. Needless to say, I don’t go home for Thanksgiving, or Christmas, or birthdays, or reunions….

  19. Rees Cramer says

    We didn’t really think you would be and nobody cares what you think. It is sad that you feel it is more important to adhere to a very recent definition of marriage, then spend some time with your sister. I would give everything to have a sister or brother.

  20. chris says

    Roncharles: She said “I am not pro-gay marriage.” There’s a smidge of ambiguity there, as in everything else in her gutless statement, but not much. At this point, if you’re not pro-, you’re anti-, as her sister’s response basically points out.