September 1st, 2013
03:01 PM ET
8 months 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. jp

    Just let 1 person marry 1 other person they choose simple

    September 2, 2013 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  2. JOHN BIRD

    For the record, I've voted republican and libertarian way more then for a democratic, but this issue drives my crazy. WTF does any party that cares about individual right cares what race, creed or sexuality somebody marries is beyond me.

    Personally, I think the government should NOT be in the marriage business. They should have be in the "legal union" business and any consenting adults who want to enter into an legal union should be allowed to.

    God..i am sick of this crap from both sides.

    September 2, 2013 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  3. ConfucianScholar

    What will be next?...a degenerate filing suit to be allowed to marry himself? The fabric of society is coming undone.

    September 2, 2013 02:36 am at 2:36 am |
  4. Normal In NH

    Honest question...why aren't same-sex 'marriages' called civil unions? If marriage/civil unions are legally and socially consistent, what's the problem? If words like marriage can be defined any way people please, why can't I marry my motorcycle?

    September 2, 2013 04:03 am at 4:03 am |
  5. MominCA

    Just Saying: I put my marriage up against yours any day and twice on Sunday. 15 years and going strong! Funny how same sex couples are into the "til death do us part" more than most het couples.

    September 2, 2013 04:11 am at 4:11 am |
  6. My name

    How about we make divorce illegal or unconstitutional?

    September 2, 2013 04:46 am at 4:46 am |
  7. Pam

    horrible family all around, I'd say. Leaving sexuality out of the assessment.

    September 2, 2013 05:11 am at 5:11 am |
  8. Fred

    Maybe one day the Republican party will join us in the 21st century. But not any time soon.

    September 2, 2013 05:40 am at 5:40 am |
  9. Sheila

    """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"""

    """Dick Cheney has said in the past that gays and lesbians should be allowed to marry"""

    That is exactly why the republicans will end up losing the next presidential election....They are focusing on the wrong Issues, and pressing people's buttons, that are really personal to them, especially when this country is all about freedom in a democratic society.

    September 2, 2013 05:56 am at 5:56 am |
  10. livinginva

    just saying: They said the same thing about interracial marriage. Yes, it is marriage. It is marriage legally in over a dozen states and countries, and it is marriage according to dozens of religions – including Christian denominations. You don't get to define the word for every country, state and religion.

    September 2, 2013 06:01 am at 6:01 am |
  11. diana

    Marriage is between a man and a woman. Anything else is creepy and disgusting.

    September 2, 2013 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  12. bear

    Thomas you were 4.9% off about Liz Cheney.I have never known her to be right.

    September 2, 2013 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  13. RomneyWho

    Speed bump . . . . Slow down look around for gays and proceed with caution! And the beat went on as the drummer played on.

    September 2, 2013 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  14. Athur

    I believe thoroughly in Masha Gessens vision of the destruction and reformation of the family. I just happen to also believe it will destroy civilization. The family with one man and one woman has been the basic unit of civilization for many thousands of years. When these units founder, the foundation of advanced civilization will crumble. The fluidic polyamorous family unit is insufficient to the task of ordering society at it's basic level as it thrives on the disorder and random emotional and physical needs of the adults who ignore the emotional needs of children. It's as close to blowing up the human world as you can get in my opinion. Marriage is entered into on an emotional footing, but it is designed to serve the purpose of holding families together when emotion does not. Like a storm shelter can protect from a tornado that comes and goes. You can talk about adoption and artificial insemination all you want, but when it comes right down to it 99+ percent of children come into being as the result of a relationship between a man and a woman. Moving marriage more thoroughly into the realm of being about the feelings and needs of adults will force inclusiveness on the institution at the cost of it's purpose. It makes about as much sense as suggesting that drowning is an excellent way to get a drink of water, or that getting shot is a great way to ingest minerals.

    September 2, 2013 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  15. BD70

    So they agree to disagree. I don't agree with all my siblings points of view either. Jut because we are siblings does not make us the same.

    September 2, 2013 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  16. sick of republican phonies

    The only time republicans develop compassion for "different" others is when it strikes home. I have no doubt big Dick and Rob Portman would not be in favor of gay marriage if they didn't have gay children.

    September 2, 2013 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  17. Wayne Vandergraff

    @just saying
    You would prefer rightist lunacy, it seems.

    September 2, 2013 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  18. lilyq

    "Feud"? Just sounds like two people who have a differing opinion.

    September 2, 2013 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  19. Lisa

    Someone should ask Liz whether or not each state should revisit women's right to vote or to run for office.

    She's obviously trying to please the tea party constituents regardless of the US Constitution. Not fit for office.

    September 2, 2013 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  20. Chuck

    Liz Cheney needs to face reality and be on the right side of history.

    September 2, 2013 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  21. Jason

    The Cheneys are horrible power hungry people willing to do and say anything to get more power.

    September 2, 2013 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  22. Rolick

    I agree wtih All an act

    The Cheny's are master media manipulators. Mary did very little to support gay marriage until she stopped working on her fathers campaings vand all of a sudden decides to speak up when her sister happens to need to get tattention to combat a push campaign? It's a perfect play, her sister gets national exposure to counter the claims of her political rival and Mary can start to get cozy with a community that she bascially ignored. She is married now because of the hard work and sacrifice of others, I dont beleive a word of this. She has done very little to support gay marriage and when she did, it was timed for when it did not conflict with her family's agenda. I think she has a seat at the table of a politically powerful family that serves itself and its own interests.

    September 2, 2013 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  23. Geoz

    What Liz thinks will appeal to the backward looking and those longing for an imagined yesteryear. Gay marriage is going to be universal in any case.

    September 2, 2013 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  24. mjbrin

    totally agree with @Rolick

    September 2, 2013 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  25. reeses

    awww yeah now its personal!

    September 2, 2013 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
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