"This is an issue we have dealt with privately for many years, and we are pained to see it become public. Since it has, one thing should be clear. Liz has always believed in the traditional definition of marriage," the vice president and his wife said in a statement on Monday. "She has also always treated her sister and her sister's family with love and respect, exactly as she should have done. Compassion is called for, even when there is disagreement about such a fundamental matter and Liz's many kindnesses shouldn't be used to distort her position."
After Liz Cheney reiterated her opposition to same-sex marriage during a televised appearance on Sunday Mary went on to Facebook to write was on the "wrong side of history." Mary Cheney later told the New York Times that she would not be seeing Liz Cheney at Christmas. The family is scheduled to gather in Jackson Hole, Wyoming to celebrate the holiday.
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