Liz Cheney: 'I am not pro-gay marriage'
August 30th, 2013
03:36 PM ET
8 months ago

Liz Cheney: 'I am not pro-gay marriage'

(CNN) – A carefully worded statement from Liz Cheney Friday explained the Wyoming Senate candidate wasn't supportive of same-sex marriage, despite having a sister who married her longtime partner in Washington, D.C., last year.

"I am strongly pro-life and I am not pro-gay marriage," Cheney wrote. "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."

The statement, Cheney's campaign said, was in response to reports a "push poll" in Wyoming was asking voters if they were aware Cheney "supports abortion and aggressively promotes gay marriage."

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

Cheney, who chairs a nonprofit on national security and education called Keep America Safe, is challenging Wyoming Republican Sen. Mike Enzi for his seat.

Enzi's spokesman denied they were behind the poll.

"Neither Mike Enzi's campaign, nor anyone affiliated with his campaign, has conducted any polls in Wyoming," Coy Knobel told CNN. "He would never support a push-poll, or tolerate anyone working for him who conducted one. For Liz Cheney to assert otherwise, without any proof whatsoever, shows more about her campaign than Mike Enzi's."

Cheney is a daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney. In 2009, her sister, Mary, wed longtime partner Heather Poe in Washington, D.C., which legalized same-sex marriage in 2009. The pair has two children together – a son Samuel, and a daughter Sarah.

Mary Cheney's sexual orientation was known during her father's first run, in 2000, for vice president, though her family generally declined to discuss her personal life on the campaign trail.

Dick Cheney has said in the past that gays and lesbians should be allowed to marry, though like his daughter Liz he says regulations should be handled at the state level.


Filed under: Liz Cheney • Same-sex marriage
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Who cares?

    August 30, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "A carefully worded statement from Liz Cheney "

    A hatefully worded statement from Liz Cheney

    FIFY

    August 30, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "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."

    Precisely what Jefferson would have predicted would be said by someone in the majority who wants to persecute members of an unpopular majority.

    August 30, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "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."

    Precisely what Jefferson would have predicted would be said by someone in the majority who wants to persecute members of an unpopular majority. And pssssssssst....it's precisely why we have a judiciary to interpret the Constitution.

    August 30, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  5. What's in that tea anyway?

    who cares what you think.; that infamous father of yours will never been seen as quality leader in the anals of this nation's history. But the toads of the Tea pole party will continue to promote the idiocy of your folly by disparaging the current president....get off the stage, we voted out your disjointed foolishness...only knuckle draggers and the vapid support you these days. Sit down and watch President Obama deal with this mess in Syria.

    August 30, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  6. What's in that tea anyway?

    I don't get it CNN is this the faux news and fools "sub station" intended to promote that the GOP/Tea poles have a place in any discussion.

    August 30, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  7. rs

    This is a signpost folks- another Republican coming out AGAINST equal rights. They'll lose their war on civil rights of course, and in the end these radical policies will hurt them, but this is the GOP in post-policy mode.

    August 30, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  8. Tom

    It's hard to be a more inclusive party when you hate everyone who's not already a conservative Republican.

    August 30, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "unpopular majority"

    minority...duh...typing to fast today lol

    August 30, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  10. anonymous

    Sniffit
    Precisely what Jefferson would have predicted would be said by someone in the majority who wants to persecute members of an unpopular majority.
    --

    allowing them to get married is the persecution.... the idiots just don't know it yet.

    August 30, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  11. Wake up People!

    And we care why???

    August 30, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  12. anotherGDlefty

    Dear sis, I don't hate you, I just hate everything you stand for and enjoy in your life and heart.
    Love Liz.....
    Dad says hi.

    August 30, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  13. Marie MD

    The walking dead speaks. Who cares! I take it that his lesbian daughter doesn't count?

    August 30, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  14. DumbasRocks [R]s

    Wow. Carefully worded? Well then, she cannot backtrack later on this mis-informed, anti American government rant.

    Another Cheney spewing rightwing catechisms to show her one-ness with and obedience to the mindless brotherhood.

    You'd have to be a whole suite short of a full deck to vote for this rightwing idiot.

    I'd hate to be at the Cheney Thanksgiving table this year....with the two sisters staring down each other....but the diners will likely have more pressing problems at the meal, as they pick out of the meat the endless buckshot that papa Cheney endlessly pumped into the turkey....while he was thinking of Turkey the islamist country.

    August 30, 2013 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  15. jboh

    Why is CNN even talking to daughter of war criminal/thief Cheney. She has zero credibility on anything.

    August 30, 2013 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  16. Thomas

    Please go away !
    Get a life !

    August 30, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  17. Rick McDaniel

    I think Liz has a very good head on her shoulders. I wish her well in her Wyoming Senate run.

    August 30, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  18. Keith ..... in Oregon

    I miss the good old days. Remember the good old days....you know when you could say something like "I'm not pro gay marriage it simply meant you're not in favor of gay marriage. Now it means you are a hater.

    The attack ads should begin and they should all say that she hates old people, children, Hungarian people and Yankee fans. That would make as much sense and would be no more of a stretch than to say because she is not in favor of gay marriage she hates gay people.

    An opinion that is different than yours is not hate.

    August 30, 2013 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  19. don in albuquerque

    Stupid is as Cheney does. Father or daughter.

    August 30, 2013 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  20. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    If your a stupid idiot, vote GOP and get yours!!!!!

    August 30, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  21. Steve, New York City

    Ah – a member of Dick Cheney's family running for office, eh? What is the campaign slogan? "Let's start a war?" If she does get elected, PRAY that she's nothing like her dad – though I think that would be wishful thinking.

    August 30, 2013 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |