June 2nd, 2009
10:00 AM ET
9 years ago

Steele, Cheney differ on same-sex marriage

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A day after former Vice President Dick Cheney repeated his support for the idea of same-sex marriage, Republican party chairman Michael Steele re-stated his opposition to the idea.

"My personal view is that marriage is between a man and a woman," Steele said Tuesday on CNN's American Morning, "very much in line with what the president [Barack Obama] has said."

"...The vice president brings a very personal perspective to this issue," he also said. "I think his comments are an appropriate reflection of his family and his situation with his daughter."

At an appearance at the National Press Club Monday, Cheney reiterated his long-standing position that individuals should be able to choose the type of relationship they wish to enter into. Citing his own family's experience with the issue, he said the question of same-sex marriage was best left to the states, not the federal government.

"I think freedom means freedom for everyone," Cheney said Monday, when asked whether some form of legalized same-sex marriage is inevitable in the United States. "As many of you know," told the audience, "one of my daughters is gay – something that we've lived for a long time in our family. I think people ought to be free to enter into any kind of union they wish, any kind of arrangement they wish."

Cheney also said Monday he did not think a federal law should govern the issue. Instead, he favors leaving the question of same-sex marriage to individual states. "That's the way it ought to be handled - on a state-by-state basis," he said. "Different states will make different decisions, but I don't have [a] problem with that."

Steele said Monday he also thought the battle would be worked out at the state level - that states will be the "ultimate arbiters" of what constitutes a legal marriage.

The RNC chairman also said Tuesday that Republicans should focus their scrutiny of Supreme Court nominee on Judge Sonia Sotomayor's extensive judicial record generated during nearly two decades on the federal bench.

"Her public comments are a little bit disconcerting, with respect to whether a Latina can make a better judgment than a white male,"
Steele told American Morning's Kiran Chetry. "She needs to explain that. And there's a lot of other things that she needs to go into some detail about and put in the proper context. We will be very vigorous in examining that."

Steele also slammed the Obama administration's extensive involvement with bankrupt automaker General Motors. "Government intrusion, to me, is just offensive to the market," Steele said.

soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. TRUTH

    If it was not for his daughter he would still be wrong 100 %, bush/cheney killed gop GOI DEMS

    June 2, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  2. Jane

    I find it utterly amazing that so many people get so whipped up about issues such as gay marriage. If they really took a good honest look at what adverse effect it could possibly have on them personally; they would actually see that it really does not have any impact at all. I actually agree with Dick on this (I find that shocking that I could agree with hime on anything); I hope he really truly believes it and isn't saying it because he has a lesbian daughter. Mind your own personal business, Mr Steele!

    June 2, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  3. a Gay

    Robin wrote (12:03 pm ET) "And yes, homosexuality is in the bible and not in a positive way Leviticus 18:22."

    Not in a positive way? It says you are supposed to *murder* us. Do you think that is actually a command from God? If you do, then you believe that God is evil.

    So which is it? Can you recognize that these 2 verses from Leviticus are not commands from God?

    Or do you worship an evil god?

    June 2, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  4. Sheri

    Ex VP Cheney, finally you understand what others have been talking about. Your daughter has been with her partner for 15 years, have a child and would like to be able to marry! How come it only mattered when it effected you!

    June 2, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  5. Fair is Fair

    patNY June 2nd, 2009 12:23 pm ET

    If God said, go forth and multiply, why did he give Adam and Eve two sons? and then have one kill the other?

    Well, the Bible clearly mentions a third son (Seth)... and is ambiguous on whether Adam and Eve had daughters.

    June 2, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  6. Joe

    CNN...Seriously? You allow a comment made by Jason to be posted??? Are you really checking your comments? ( I blanked out the word you allowed to post).

    Jason June 2nd, 2009 12:29 pm ET

    Yeah but remember when Dick was against same sex anything during the 2004 campaign and that nasty wife of his you know that chick with a ____ Lynne, was planning on passing a bill banning same sex marriage. These people have no morals. They are a disgrace to the human race.

    June 2, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  7. G NO P

    phoenix86 June 2nd, 2009 11:53 am ET

    News sources outside of PCNN are suggesting that Obama is going to sell Hummer to a Chinese investor.

    We all know how well the Chinese treat their employees. Ha-ha-ha-ha

    86 must be your IQ?

    June 2, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  8. Vic of New York

    Hurray for the Hippocrit Party! Hey Mike, who ever said that life's experiences don't affect our perceptions?

    Great logic here for Republicans - "We want party members who have NO life experiences, because that would invalidate our ludicrous ideological beliefs"

    Once again the Party of the Brain Dead speaks.

    June 2, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  9. Reason

    And what? If Steele's daughter was a lesbian he'd have a change of heart?

    OHHHH ok, thanks for explaining the conservative ideology to me.

    June 2, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  10. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    Steele's an idiot! He apparently hasn't figured out the Constitutional and Declaration of Independence meaning of "equality" yet.

    June 2, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  11. Hot Chick

    Whatever is good for the goose is good for the gander

    June 2, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  12. Robin in SC

    I agree with Sniffit's posts...this is not a religious issue. Marriage is a convention established by religions to "join" a couple before God. One can become married before God and never get a marriage license from the government...its done all over the world. Marriage as used in these debates is the legal union of two people...LEGAL...established by SOCIETY/MAN, not God or the Bible. Were Cheney's daughter straight, he'd be towing the political right line. I do respect that Cheney supports his daughter...wow...respect and Cheney in the same sentence...that's a first!

    June 2, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  13. Robin

    Dave C – NJ June 2nd, 2009 12:28 pm ET

    "And yes, homosexuality is in the bible and not in a positive way Leviticus 18:22. "
    OK Let's talk about Leviticus, which is where the gay haters get their fuel.

    Fair enough.

    How about, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 and Romans 1:26-28?

    Look, I'm not saying that gays do not deserve to have rights and be treated with respect, but Christians have rights too, and gay marriage is a contradiction of my faith.

    Love the sinner and hate the sin is what I've been taught.

    June 2, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  14. Matt

    Flip Flop!

    June 2, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  15. Michael

    I'm no fan of Cheney, but it's nice to see he's on the right side of one issue, at least.

    June 2, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  16. Hal

    The far right wing of the GOP are cowards!

    Be afraid of homosexuals ahhhhhhhhh!!!

    If you are afraid of homosexuals YOU ARE A COWARD!!

    You can hide behind your lame arguments, which reveal your ignorance and hypocrisy, like quoting Leviticus or claiming that you want to "protect the sanctity" of marriage.

    All those of us who believe in the Constitution, equal protection under the law, in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as laid out by the Founding Fathers, we will win this fight

    You who want to establish a religious state and live in fear have more in common with the Taliban and Ayatollahs than you do with your fellow Americans.

    June 2, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  17. Bob the Observer

    I wish Cheney's parents had believed in - and practiced - same sex marriage.

    June 2, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  18. John in Ohio

    "A day after former Vice President Dick Cheney repeated his support for the idea of same-sex marriage, Republican party chairman Michael Steele publicly disagreed with him, suggesting that Cheney's position was influenced by his lesbian daughter."

    This is exactly true, but I don't say that for reasons Steele would agree with. It's easy to demonize homosexuals and deny them their rights when you don't know them. It's easy when you think it's just a bunch of fairies in San Francisco. But when it's a loved one who is a homosexual, and you respect them for that and accept their decision, supporting the continued denial of their equal rights becomes harder and harder to justify.

    So yes, Cheney's position on this probably is influenced by his lesbian daughter. He knows a lesbian, he knows she's a regular human being, and as a result, he doesn't support denying her equal rights to marry the consenting adult of her choice. If Michael Steele had a gay child, maybe he would be the same way.

    June 2, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  19. Tony in Maine

    "Former President Dick Cheney" seems to be a fairly common slip these days. perhaps the media has stopped spinning the RNC line and is reporting truth. A novel concept.

    Cheney was for gay marriage in 2004. He is for it now. The only subject on which he and I agree. It validates the fiction authors' rule that no matter how evil the antagonist, he has at least one redeeming feature.

    June 2, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  20. Ted

    Michael Steele continues to show what a moron he is. He refers to Cheney's lesbian daughter as 'the situation with his daughter.' Since when is a gay or lesbian person a 'situation'. Very likely Cheney's daughter's orientation is lesbian, but it is not a situation. It is humanness and people need to get over their bias about it. I know some gay and lesbian people and while I may disagree about their sexuality, it is who they are. They are not situations.

    Can Steele go away and shut up?

    June 2, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  21. John in Ohio

    "God created Man & Women: not man & man, or woman & woman then say go create and multiply the face of the earth.

    So if anyone thinks other wise you will be judged on such thoughts; weither one agrees or not , the facts are the facts."

    How do you know that God created Man & Woman to solely pair up as Man + Woman? Especially given the frequent homosexuality exhibited in the animal kingdom.

    June 2, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  22. Rosa Birmingham, AL

    Darth, walk towards the light, go away from the dark side and use the force for good...

    June 2, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  23. Ken in Pisgah Forest

    So has Rush bannished Cheney from the Republican party yet? At least Cheney finally said something I agree with. Oh, wait, he did say Iraq had nothing to do with 9-11, which I thought was obvious on 9/11/01. Of course it was almost eight years too late.

    June 2, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  24. Tony in Maine

    Robin sez: "Look, I'm not saying that gays do not deserve to have rights and be treated with respect, but Christians have rights too, and gay marriage is a contradiction of my faith."

    Your rights end where another's begin. Christians have no right to impose their views on non-Christians.

    For those who claim that this is a Christian nation – sorry folks, your pastor is wrong. Ours is a secular nation. Many of the founders were Deists, a religion which denies a central tenet of Christianity – the Trinity.

    June 2, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  25. Steve from OH

    I think we can all agree he said that because his daughter is a lesbian. No reason to hash it out over and over.

    June 2, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
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