Mary Cheney Calls Liz Cheney ‘Dead Wrong’ on Gay Marriage Position

Liz Cheney, a candidate for U.S. Senate in Wyoming, responded to charges from her opponent Mike Enzi that she "aggressively promotes" gay marriage by making this statement on Friday:

“I am strongly pro-life and I am not pro-gay marriage, [I believe] 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.”

CheneypoeCheney's sister Mary, who is gay and married Heather Poe last year, responded to her sister's remarks:

Posting on Facebook on Friday evening, Mary Cheney, who is gay and married her longtime partner last year, wrote: “For the record, I love my sister, but she is dead wrong on the issue of marriage.”

Their father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, supports same-sex marriage, and the younger Cheney echoed some of his language on the issue when she added, “Freedom means freedom for everyone.”

“That means that all families — regardless of how they look or how they are made — all families are entitled to the same rights, privileges and protections as every other,” Mary Cheney wrote.


  1. Phil M from Silver Spring says

    Liz is just plain hiding her opinion. She says she is not “pro” gay marriage. She does not say she is against it. She says that she defers to the will of the people. She is, however, one of the people, and should state her personal opinion. Elected officials in a representative government must generally carry forward the will of their constituencies, but occasionally they are called upon to just lead despite popular opinion. Here is a case where she is just refusing to lead.

  2. jamal49 says

    Your sister is a coward and a turncoat, Mary. Get over it. You want to send your sister, Liz, and the rest of those Republican reprobates a message? Actively campaign against your sister (unless, you actually believe in all that other Republican hocus-pocus and you only got your panties in a tiny bunch over your sisters’ betrayal)!

  3. Buckie says

    It doesn’t matter what her opinion “really” is, saying it’s up to the states is just good strategy for her.

    If states don’t want to pass it, let them pay dearly for not, and make things hard for them. They want to suffer like Christians, let them.

    Eventually they’ll ALL come around, because they’re wrong.

    If an awful backwater like Maine can get it passed by popular vote, I don’t see why we all don’t work to do it state by state. It makes way more sense to convince people than force them, and the states that have passed it are already having a profound impact on neighboring states. Once people see gay marriage is GOOD and their fears were ABSURD, they eventually accept it. Period.

  4. Rexford says

    And Liz Cheney is just taking the coward’s way out, if she then doesn’t state how she herself, as one of the people, would vote on marriage equality, if it happened to become a ballot measure in Wyoming. Leaders are supposed to lead, not hide. Plus, she’s running for U.S. Senate, a federal position.

  5. Dan says

    Maine is no awful backwater. It is one of this country’s most beautiful States. Ogunquit rivals Provincetown on it’s gay friendliness…..Portland is VERY cool….they’ll get rid of that awful LePage

  6. NotSafeForWork says

    Cheney drama. Ugh. Just another repugnantlican parroting the party line to appeal to the blue hairs, bigots and haters.

  7. bobbyjoe says

    Ah, those Republican family values again. Refusing to stand up for your sister in the hopes it’ll get you a few votes. Why should anyone trust Liz Cheney when it’s clear she’ll even sell out her own family members if she thinks it might be to her slightest benefit? What kind of an awful person is that?

  8. Bill says

    Liz Cheney’s problem is that she is a Republican, so she wouldn’t get to learn how to avoid awkward questions like Ted Kennedy would sometimes do by giving a long rambling answer that did not actually say anything comprehensible – any not-so-bright constituent would fall asleep before there was even a hint at an actual answer.

    It got parodied once in Doonesbury where Ted went on during a press conference about “the ramifications of this and the implications of that,” with some wiseguy in the back of the room finally shouting, “A verb, Senator, a verb!”

  9. chris says

    The voters in her state might be wise to contemplate this: She’s willing to stab her own sister in the gut to get elected. Who’s next, if she does get elected?

  10. Geoff says

    The Cheney family is SO evil, it’s almost a joke. It’s as if they try to out-evil each other. I imagine there will a deep, putrid, smoldering crater when they finally do annihilate each other. Hope I’m far, far away.

  11. says

    @ Bill :
    Of course she,Liz, is a Republican. It follows that these very wealthy families want to hang on to their money and not squander it on taxes to pay for social programmes and education/public schools.
    The very existence of the Repugs is self protection/aggrandizement …….they have never had any interest in the public welfare. Romney acknowledged as much in that speech where he thought he was only talking to his own gang and stated that the 47% could go phuck themselves.

  12. t says

    and it only took mary a DECADE to support marriage equality (after she got her own in DC, not in republican ruled VA where she lives) after helping to ensure the second term of the most antigay presidency in history

    family of whores

  13. Zeta says

    “The voters in her state might be wise to contemplate this: She’s willing to stab her own sister in the gut to get elected. Who’s next, if she does get elected?”

    @Chris, excellent.

    I want to see Liz’s opponent make that political ad. Truth hurts.

  14. steve talbert says

    Please no more postings on the Cheney’s . There is so much more interesting, important, and relevant people to post about. I’m only interested if VP gets a trial for war crimes.

  15. Bill says

    @JackFknTwist: During that fundraiser, I suspect Romney was talking like a guy promoting a business venture to some VCs and was trying to indicate the portion of the electorate where he had a chance of picking up votes. Remember, the question he was really trying to answer was, “why should we write a large check to this guy [Romney]” and he had to show that he had a strategy for winning. When taken out of that context, however, it really sounded bad. He probably thought of it as being like selling staples – you aren’t going to get any sales from people who don’t own staplers, so you shouldn’t waste time trying to “market” your product to them.

    I think what really shows the bullet we dodged when Romney lost the election was his “victory” web site – the one that accidentally was turned on for a few seconds, which was just enough time for people to get screenshots and send them around the Internet. His “home page” showed him looking like a cross between Washington crossing the Delaware and Charlton Heston surveying the promised land while playing Moses in “The Ten Commandments.” The main props Romney’s picture on that site were missing were a staff and two stone tablets (maybe three, with one being dropped by accident).

  16. Gregor says

    @Buckie — Maine is actually pretty nice. My partner and I vacationed up there and never encountered any problems. Yeah, there are some seriously rural parts, and I’m sure there are a number of dumbasses; but Maine is alright.

  17. Jerry6 says

    Cheney! Cheney! It seems to me that I’ve seen that name before. Did someone named Cheney do something important sometime in the past?