November 18, 2013 | by Chris Johnson
White House responds to Cheney feud over marriage
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney answers questions at the White House daily briefing

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney responded to the Cheney feud by talking ENDA. (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney responded on Monday to the public feud between the Cheney sisters over same-sex marriage, taking the opportunity to reiterate President Obama’s support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

Under questioning from ABC News Radio’s Ann Compton, Carney said he hasn’t had any conversations with Obama about criticism lesbian Mary Cheney has directed toward her sister Liz Cheney over her opposition to same-sex marriage.

“I would only say that like so many other Americans, former Vice President [Richard] Cheney has come to view equality as something that we need to make fact, and not just an aspiration,” Carney said. “And that’s certainly where the president is, and that’s reflected in his very strongly held view that the House of Representatives ought to follow the Senate’s lead and pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, for example, because in the not-too-distant future, we in this country will look back at this moment and pretty clearly recognize that those who oppose ENDA were wrong.”

Carney acknowledged that the issue of LGBT rights “is a tough issue, and can be a tough issue” for a lot of families, but concluded “it is a very American value to pursue equality for everyone.”

Pressed by Compton about whether progress has been made in the country for LGBT rights, Carney replied, “Without question.”

“You’ve heard the president discuss this many times, including, I think, in the interview he gave with Robin Roberts last year — that was last year, right?” Carney said. “There’s no question there’s been enormous progress. I think that anybody who looks at LGBT rights and the road travelled in this country just in the past decade would rightly be pleased by the significant progress that’s been made, even as we acknowledge that more work needs to be done, more progress need to be done.”

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson attends the daily White House press briefings and is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

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