September 1st, 2013
03:01 PM ET
7 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. Wholly Mary

    Soooo sorry FLMan- god is a fragment of your constipation. Show me the proof (or even the beef!)

    September 2, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  2. benG

    Marriage is only between opposite sex, same race, same religion people. Period!

    September 2, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  3. whoknew

    There is a reason a man and a man can not create life as well as a woman and woman aside from anyones opinion nature has made up its mind on that. There's no way of changing it.

    September 2, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  4. roberto

    No Cheney has any credibility.

    September 2, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  5. Mariah Cress

    Marriage is only between a man and woman.

    September 2, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  6. Kid Indigo

    It's interesting to me that conservative "big government" haters (and I understand why someone could hate big gov) nonetheless want to turn to it to enforce their own religious (I could say moral, but let's just be honest, it's religious) views with regard to marriage. As I understand it, from a government standpoint, marriage/civil union/whatever you call it is a CIVIL contract, where two people have committed to being with one another, and thereby are entitled to certain CIVIL rights. There is usually a civil document involved (AKA "license"). Those rights include medical decision-making, lawful passage of estate, custody of children (yes, they can, and do, have children, sometimes even biological!), and a plethora of other government benefits that heretofore were enjoyed only by heterosexual couples. There's nothing wrong with this, from a civil standpoint. Same sex couples meet the same criteria as heterosexual couples to get these benefits (essentially boils down to, "no, we're really serious about being together"). Therefore, there is no issue, civilly. If some religions want to stand themselves on their head about it, fine. But religion, at least, in the United States, does not dictate civil code or law. As far as my government rights are concerned, it does NOT matter if my bride is named Jane or John, as long as we are committed to our civil contract. Religious contract? That's up to the churches/synagogues/mosques/etc.

    September 2, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  7. Anonymous

    what's marriage?

    September 2, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  8. BobbyG

    To all the folks on here saying that God doesn't like gay marriage because it's wrong, grow up. Really, grow up. You are probably old, more days behind you than in front, but that doesn't mean you've grown up, just old. Part of life is challenging everything you've been told by people in authority and making your own decisions. All the religious fear pumped into you at a young age, it's time to let it go. Maybe you really don't know that it's not true, but it's probably not. I say probably because nothing is 100%, but I do know people don't rise from the dead, Adam & Eve weren't real, and Noah's Ark is a story. I bet you believe in at least one of these things if you're against gay marriage, and it's time to stop. We don't have to respect you because you're old, we respect your desires for the world. If your world is one where people can come together and find peace, thank you, but if your idea is separation, fear, lies, and utter ignorance, keep it to yourself.

    September 2, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  9. Carol

    States shouldn't be able to decide who is free in the United States, our American Constitution does that.

    September 2, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  10. Scott Moore

    Judge not that ye not be judged. Somehow that's been lost on millions of "Christians". In theory Christians can say "I don't think it's right, but it's not my place to judge you". In theory...

    September 2, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. SkepticalOne

    Who somebody else marries is none of your damn business. We wouldn't hate religious folks so much if they would quit trying to force their beliefs on everyone else.

    September 2, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  12. CatSh

    I'm ok with letting the states decide. State laws are so much easier to change.

    September 2, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. Ann

    It's called Freedom. We have the right. John and Jack have as much right as anyone. What are you so afraid of? Why be so Opposed to same-sex marriage? I'm reading nothing but 'hate'. What is wrong with you people? Again, what are you so afraid of?

    September 2, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  14. jdag

    the sad sad sad US of A.....

    September 2, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  15. jag51

    Wow! Sounds like there will be some pretty interesting conversations at the Cheney household during Thanksgiving dinner.

    September 2, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  16. Stevie

    Maybe the states should decide if women can even run for office. What about that Liz?

    September 2, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  17. Calmobserver

    Because it's disgusting to see. That's enough of a reason to deny same-sex marriage. Same-sex marriage is an oxymoron.

    September 2, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  18. lol

    According to the Bible, All of Mankind descended from 1 Man and 1 Woman...Who had two sons.

    Think about that. Take all the time you need.

    September 2, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  19. Loathstheright

    Conservatives hate American values, equal rights, and want to have their religion make the laws...very UnAmerican.

    September 2, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  20. Dug

    Being unable to have sexual relations with the opposite sex is no reason to be denied the benefits of marrage to another person and being in the open about everything. On the other hand, being married, whatever one's orientation, is far different legally, financially and psychologically than a shack up. Heterosexual marriage is not a guarantee of happiness and may be less so for same-sex uninons. 'Hope not.

    September 2, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  21. Hooligan

    To all the people in here saying Marriage is only between a man and a woman PERIOD.

    Says who?

    The Bible?

    yeah.. the same book that also says to stone disobedient children to death and wearing cotton blends is punishable by death.

    YOUR book does not dictate OUR lives.

    September 2, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  22. Jim

    Ann, how is this about freedom? Then anyone should be able to marry anyone, anything. That's freedom, also. Marry your dog if you want. Why, because many of us simply laugh at the notion of a guy marrying a guy, do you say you're reading "nothing but hate"? Seems maybe you're the hateful one here because you don't like that many disagree with you. This isn't about religion, about God, about freedom. But you're certainly not going to procreate the species over time if you have two of the same sex pretending to play house.

    September 2, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  23. JessicaR

    I wish the family had disagreed as publicly and as vociferously over the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

    September 2, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  24. John

    Why would anyone in this entire world think they have the right to dictate to someone else about what is right or wrong, if a person decides they love and want to be with his same sex, who are we as people to decide that is wrong. I think we are corrupt when we try to force our own beliefs onto others. If you burn a fire in your yard and I don't like it, should you put it out because of me, GROW UP IS DEFINITELY the key here. As for the states having the right to vote, there should not be a vote, it is none of our business. BUT, we are THE UNITED STATES, so if New York permits marriage, it should be recognized, or Mass. or anywhere else, we as individuals are trying to force our beliefs on others, how wrong that is. GOD BLESS THESE UNITED STATES.

    September 2, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  25. Aerin

    Marriage is NOT just about having children.

    September 2, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
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