Dick Cheney’s daughters have taken center stage in the national debate on gay marriage as a heated disagreement surfaced this week regarding Liz Cheney’s support for “traditional” marriage. That’s news to her sister, Mary, who is openly gay and tied the knot with her wife in Washington D.C. in 2012 with Liz in attendance. Liz is pursuing a Senate seat in Wyoming and first voiced her stance on the issue in August.
She has been defending it ever since, both publicly and privately. The nation got a glimpse into that private sphere after Liz appeared on “Fox News Sunday” over the weekend and said she supports “traditional marriage.” Mary and her wife, Heather, responsed on Facebook saying that Liz was “dead wrong” and “offensive” in her comments. While Liz tried to brush the conflict aside as “just an issue on which we disagree,” Mary was insistent that Liz’s views have been hurtful and harmful to their relationship. Mary told the New York Times that she hasn’t spoken to Liz since last summer.
Meanwhile Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne, are trying to figure out how to sort through a fundamental family disagreement that has now gone so public. The parents issued a statement clarifying that Liz has always been against gay marriage, perhaps in a last-ditch effort to salvage her campaign. Liz has been criticized for changing her views to appeal to constituents. Dick, the former Vice President who first voiced support for gay marriage in 2009 (legalized by states and not at the federal level), is scheduled to appear alongside Liz on Wednesday in Denver for a campaign fundraiser according to the New York Times.