Liz Cheney on MSNBC, May 28, 2009
Back in 2009, Liz Cheney very carefully weaseled out of committing one way or the other on the subject of marriage equality. Obviously, it was a subject with which the Cheney family needed to come to terms, as Liz's younger sister, Mary, was very much open about being a lesbian. Mary and her partner, Heather Poe, welcomed two children in 2007 and 2009, respectively, and then finally made their union legal last year, marrying in Washington DC in June of 2012.
But despite this up close and personal view of how little her own marriage was impacted by same sex unions and knowledge of the importance of it in her sister's life, Liz Cheney has actually become more vocal about her views on marriage equality.
"I am strongly pro-life and I am not pro-gay marriage," she said in a statement. “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 is the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, who broke with many members of his party in 2009 by announcing his support of same-sex marriage. Her sister, Mary Cheney, married her longtime partner last year in Washington, D.C., where same-sex marriage is legal.
There have been recent reports that Liz Cheney is pro-gay marriage. The campaign clarified her stance after it learned that voters were being asked in a poll if they were "aware that Liz Cheney supports abortion and aggressively promotes gay marriage," according to the Daily Caller.
Pandering to the Daily Caller reader/voter??? Smacks of desperation, Lizzy.
For what it's worth, little sister Mary isn't too thrilled with it either.
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.