The Cheney family is engaging in public spat over comments U.S. Senate candidate Liz Cheney made in opposition to gay nuptials despite her lesbian sister Mary Cheney’s same-sex marriage.
Liz Cheney, who’s challenging incumbent Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) for the Republican nomination in next year’s primary in Wyoming, distanced herself from her sister during an appearance on Fox News Sunday, saying “I believe in the traditional definition of marriage.”
“I love Mary very much, I love her family very much,” Liz Cheney said. “This is just an issue on which we disagree.”
Liz Cheney’s opposition to same-sex marriage stands out in her family.
Her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, is a prominent Republican supporter for same-sex marriage. Liz Cheney’s sister, Mary Cheney, married her partner, Heather Poe, in D.C. last year.
Poe was the first respond to Liz Cheney’s comments on Facebook, saying she was “very disappointed” to hear her sister-in-law’s remarks.
“To have her now say she doesn’t support our right to marry is offensive to say the least,” Poe continued. “I can’t help but wonder how Liz would feel if as she moved from state to state, she discovered that her family was protected in one but not the other. I always thought freedom meant freedom for EVERYONE.”
Poe’s remarks recalls Dick Cheney comments in support of same-sex marriage when he said during a National Press Club event, “I think freedom means freedom for everyone.”
Mary Cheney followed-up by sharing her spouse’s comments on Facebook and expressing her own displeasure with her sister’s remarks.
“Couldn’t have said it better myself,” Mary Cheney said. “Liz – this isn’t just an issue on which we disagree – you’re just wrong – and on the wrong side of history.”