Liz Cheney: ‘I am not pro-gay marriage’

August 30, 2013

Reinforcing her stance on abortion and same-sex marriage, Liz Cheney stated Friday, "I am strongly pro-life and I am not pro-gay marriage."

Liz Cheney, shown in 2010, will run against senior Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi in next year's Republican primary. (Cliff Owen/AP)
Liz Cheney, shown in 2010, will run against senior Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi in next year's Republican primary. (Cliff Owen/AP)

Cheney (R), who is running for U.S. Senate in Wyoming against incumbent Sen. Mike Enzi (R), said the issue should ultimately be decided by states, reported The Daily Caller.

The statement made no mention of Cheney's family, for whom the issue of same-sex marriage is more than a talking point. Cheney's younger sister Mary is openly gay and married her partner last year. Their father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, has come out in support of same-sex 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," Liz Cheney said in her statement.

The statement was released after Cheney's campaign got wind of pollsters asking voters about Cheney supporting abortion and "aggressively" promoting gay marriage.

"The people of Wyoming deserve an honest campaign," Cheney said, denying the poll's implications. "They should not be subject to the kind of dirty tricks this push poll represents.

"This is dirty tricks politics at its worst," added Celeste Colgan, a Cheney campaign spokesperson.

Ruth Tam is a writer based in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter: @ruthetam.
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