Rep. Liz Cheney says she now supports same-s*x marriage, despite her previous opposition to the practise, which caused a public schism within her family and particularly with Rep. Liz’s younger, gay and married sister, Mary Cheney.
Republican daughter of former VP Dick Cheney told Lesley Stahl of CBS’s 60 Minutes, which aired on Sunday, that she was “wrong” to oppose gay marriage in the past. “She is one of the most treasured members of my family.
Their whole family has my undying love. In addition to my error, “remarked Liz, 55. “This is a sensitive topic for me and my loved ones. My dad was right, and the topic has been discussed by my sister and I.”
Stahl, who is 79, said, “I was not expecting that.” “This is an issue that we have to recognize, you know, as human beings, that we need to work against discrimination of all kinds in our country, in our state,” Liz said.
“Yesterday evening, a young woman told us that she doesn’t always feel safe because of her transgender identity, and that’s unacceptable. When one person has freedom, we all have freedom.”
On Sunday, in response to Liz’s Facebook post, Mary, 52, wrote that she is “proud” of her sister. “I cherish my sister and am pleased with her achievements. A lot of guts were required to admit she was wrong in 2013 when she voted against marriage equality “expressed herself in a letter from Mary.
“Very few elected officials would actually do that. To this day, I continue to be impressed by the unwavering integrity she displays. At this time, we need many more leaders with Liz Cheney’s calibre. As her sister, I feel obligated to add one more thing: I told you so.”
The Cheney family has been at odds for a while now over the topic of gay marriage, dating back to when Liz, now a politician, publicly reversed her position on the subject. But as children, she and Mary “were as close as sisters can be,” as Mary recalled in her memoir Now It’s My Turn, published in 2006.
The Cheneys made it clear that their views on gay marriage were different from their father’s and President George W. Bush‘s during the campaign. As Vice President Cheney put it at a rally in Iowa in 2004, “Lynne and I have a gay daughter, so it’s an issue our family is very familiar with.”
He went on to say, “With the respect to the question of relationships, my general view is freedom means freedom for everyone.” In a speech to the National Press Club in 2009, he echoed those sentiments: “When it comes to the question of whether or not a federal law should be passed to regulate the issue, I come down on the “no” side.
Personally, I think that the states have traditionally been the ones to set the rules for marriage.” Liz, it soon became clear, had a different viewpoint. In particular, she was accused of “aggressively promoting gay marriage” after an unsuccessful run for the Senate in Wyoming.
During an interview with Fox News Sunday in 2013, Liz expressed her disapproval of same-s*x marriage and specifically named her sister as an example. What did she say? “Mary and her family are some of my favourite people in the world. Simply put, we find ourselves in disagreement over this particular point.”
Which Mary posted on Facebook at the time, “Liz — this isn’t just an issue on which we disagree, you’re just wrong — and on the wrong side of history.” Mary and her longtime companion Heather Poe tied the knot the year before, and they had two children, Samuel, age 5, and Sarah, age 2, in attendance. Yet Liz was noticeably absent.
In 2013, the former vice president and his wife issued a statement in support of Liz and described the disagreement between the sisters as a difficult and private family matter. “We’re sorry to see this matter, which has been discussed amongst ourselves for a long time, go public at this point.
And now that it has, one thing is abundantly clear. Since childhood, Liz has held a staunchly traditional view of marriage “said the Cheneys at the time. They went on to say that she has always done the right thing by her sister and her sister’s family.
Despite the fact that they disagree on such a fundamental issue, Liz’s many acts of kindness should not be used to misrepresent her position; compassion is always warranted. In 2015, when asked by Politico about whether or not she and her sister had patched things up, Mary said, “I don’t have to answer that.”
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