September 1st, 2013
03:01 PM ET
1 year ago

Mary Cheney says sister is 'dead wrong' on same-sex marriage

Updated 3:04 p.m. ET, 9/1

(CNN) – Mary Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney and sister of Wyoming GOP Senate candidate Liz Cheney, said her sister was "dead wrong" in her statements about same-sex marriage last week.

"For the record, I love my sister, but she is dead wrong on the issue of marriage," Mary Cheney wrote in a private Facebook post Friday night, according to The New York Times.

Mary Cheney married her longtime partner, Heather Poe, last year in Washington, D.C., which legalized same-sex marriage in 2009. The couple have two children together - a son, Samuel, and a daughter, Sarah.

"Freedom means freedom for everyone," Mary Cheney 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."

Liz Cheney said last week she is "not pro-gay marriage" and believes the issues of marriage should be left up to voters in their respective states, not to judges or legislators.

The statement, Cheney's campaign said, was in response to reports of a "push poll" in Wyoming that 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.

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.

– CNN's Ashley Killough and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.


Filed under: Dick Cheney • Liz Cheney • Same-sex marriage
soundoff (215 Responses)
  1. nimesh

    Mary!. Read the law!
    Deciding on marriage is up-to the states. Don't let your emotions rule you. Currently the law is that the individual states get to decide the nature of marriage.

    September 1, 2013 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  2. El Flaco

    Why does anyone care who marries whom? I don't give a crap whom my neighbor marries as long as they keep the weeds out of their front yard.

    September 1, 2013 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  3. Equal Divorce for Everyone

    Why is no one ever for equal rights anymore? Why is everyone always for "their rights"?

    September 1, 2013 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  4. Dr Tom

    @OK I suspect that just saying considers Log Cabin Republicans part of the far left. He/she probably also denies climate change and evolution and considers the jury still out on the Atomic Theory.

    September 1, 2013 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  5. mkaipo

    If States were allowed to decide every social issue that faces this nation, we'd still have States with segregated bathrooms, drinking faucets, etc. The country should never forget George Wallace's vow of segregation yesterday, segregation today, segregation tomorrow. Overruling the states then, the Federal Government made the correct decision, just as it has now with the marriage issue.

    September 1, 2013 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  6. Jacob

    hey whoever realy understands this could u please explain what this means i have to write an essay for school on current events and this seams like an international controversial topic but i dont realy understand everything about this
    1)does this article provide power against gayy marriage?
    2)are the statements from mary chaney for or against homosexuality?
    3)are the comments of dick chaney on his own daughter representable to show that homosexuality should or shouldnt be regulated as an acceptable marriage?

    September 1, 2013 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  7. ram

    Liz says voters in the states should get to choose. Well, some of the voters are gay and many are supporters. So why should their voices be ignored because you think it will get you elected? If you don't care about your sister and your niece and nephew that is bad enough, but what about all those who do want it legalized?

    September 1, 2013 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  8. popseal

    The laws of human behaviors are as powerful as the law of gravity, but with slower to arrive consequences. Popular opinions don't change gravity. 110,000,000+ contemporary cases of STDs shout the error of the 1960s sexual revolution. If you dance, you pay the band (to change metaphors).

    September 1, 2013 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  9. Thomas

    @OK
    @ just saying
    Ever heard of Log Cabin Republicans?
    ====

    I have heard of Log Cabin Republicans , unfortunately most republicans want to keep them in the closet .

    September 1, 2013 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  10. billleesbrain

    Nothing like throwing your sister under the bus for political advantage!

    September 1, 2013 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  11. ram

    And just saying, yes, actually it is as legal and any other marriage. Totally and absolutely. You can deny it all you want, but it is a legal marriage. Oh, and it isn't just the far left loons who agree that civil rights apply to everyone. Many in the middle and some on the right do as well.

    September 1, 2013 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  12. Rose Garcia

    You can call it "civil union" or "marriage" it still represents 2 individuals joining together to be seen and treated as one under civil law. Religions can distinguish the difference between homosexual and heterosexual binding relationships, but not the laws of any nation. Homosexuality and heterosexuality are God given human traits, and neither trait is an abomination. Discernment of religious teachings [and the acceptance thereof] must govern the way we live not the way we hate and separate ourselves from one another.

    September 1, 2013 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  13. ram

    I meant legal as any other marriage, of course.

    September 1, 2013 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  14. Rose Garcia

    You can call it "civil union" or "marriage" it still represents 2 individuals joining together to be seen and treated as one under civil law. Religions can distinguish the difference between homosexual and heterosexual binding relationships, but not the laws of any nation. Homosexuality and heterosexuality are God given human traits, and neither trait is an abomination. Discernment of religious teachings [and the acceptance thereof] must govern the way we live not the way we hate and separate ourselves from one another. Individual rights, which binding relationships are, must be recognized as national rights not state rights. The United States of America is one country, not a continent of 50 countries.

    September 1, 2013 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  15. Shasta

    Loving and supporting his gay daughter unconditionally is the only decent thing Dick Cheney has done in his adult life.

    September 1, 2013 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  16. Shasta

    And her own sister, Liz, puts ideology above family? What the hell is wrong with her? Is she some kind of robot devoid of all feelings?

    September 1, 2013 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  17. katerinawit

    The fact any marriage, colour, orientation is an issue is suspect. Vote Democrat!

    September 1, 2013 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  18. Dave

    Equality is already guaranteed, there's no reason to vote on it.

    September 1, 2013 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  19. Patrick in Wisconsin

    just saying, by "far left loons" you mean a majority of people in this country? You may remember (or not) that recent elections have not been kind to those who want to restrict marriage rights. See Minnesota, Maryland, and Washington.

    September 1, 2013 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  20. Sven

    Oh look, a conservative comes out against equality, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
    Nothing new here.

    September 1, 2013 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  21. JJ

    Liz won't get anywhere near the winner's circle anyway. Not news.

    September 1, 2013 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  22. Hillcrester

    What this family thinks hardly matters. SSM is unstoppable and will eventually be legal throughout the country.

    September 1, 2013 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  23. Fred Evil

    @just saying – " leftist lunacy"
    If that's how you refer to freedom, you are essentially wiping yourself with the Constitution. Odd how conservatives CLAIM to be about individual freedoms, yet so conveniently ignore others' freedoms. You don't really get it, and you don't even see how blind and ignorant you are. I'd pity you if you weren't such a disgrace of an American.

    September 1, 2013 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  24. Kenman

    just saying...I agree with you, the liberals are trying to taint every traditional thing, value and moral out of existence.

    borderthom...This is not about "love and commitment", you can love and commit to anyone/anything that you want, that doesn't mean that the entire culture has to have it's moral foundation destroyed to accommodate ANYTHING that you want!

    September 1, 2013 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  25. RobK

    There is no such thing as same-gender marriage. The government should get out of the marriage business entirely. Create some other replacement if it is beneficial to society to have this type of contract.

    September 1, 2013 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
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