Mary Cheney says Liz Cheney is ‘dead wrong’ on gay marriage

August 31, 2013
Liz Cheney, running for Senate in Wyoming, says she is not "pro-gay marriage." (Cliff Owen/AP)
Liz Cheney, running for Senate in Wyoming, says she is not "pro-gay marriage." (Cliff Owen/AP)

Mary Cheney, the openly lesbian daughter of former vice president Dick Cheney, posted on Facebook on Friday night that her sister, who is running for the Senate in Wyoming, is "dead wrong" to oppose same-sex marriage.

Liz Cheney, who is primarying GOP Sen. Mike Enzi (Wyo.) next year, released a statement this week saying: “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,” Cheney added.

Cheney issued the statement after a telephone poll conducted with Wyoming voters raised the question of where she stood on the issue of same-sex marriage.

Mary Cheney married her long-time partner Heather Poe last year in the District; their father announced in June 2009 that he backed same-sex marriage, though he thought it was a decision best left to the states rather than the federal government.

"For the record, I love my sister, but she is dead wrong on the issue of marriage,” Mary Cheney wrote on Facebook, urging readers to like or share the post. Noting that "Freedom  means freedom for everyone," she added, "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."

Juliet Eilperin is a White House correspondent for The Washington Post, covering domestic and foreign policy as well as the culture of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. She is the author of two books—one on sharks, and another on Congress, not to be confused with each other—and has worked for the Post since 1998.
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