Mary Cheney: My Sister Is ‘Dead Wrong’ On Gay Marriage


Mary Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney and younger sister of Liz Cheney, a Wyoming Senate candidate, took to Facebook to criticize her sister’s recent statement reiterating her opposition to gay marriage, the New York Times reported Saturday.

Mary Cheney, who is openly gay and married her longtime partner last year, posted Friday evening: “For the record, I love my sister, but she is dead wrong on the issue of marriage.”

“Freedom means freedom for everyone,” she added, according to the NYT. “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.” 

Their father, Dick Cheney, supports same-sex marriage. 

“I am strongly pro-life and I am not pro-gay marriage,” Liz Cheney said a statement released earlier Friday. “I believe the issue of marriage must be decided by the states, and by the people in the states, not by judges and not even by legislators, but by the people themselves.”

Photo: Mary Cheney, right, the openly gay daughter of then Vice President Dick Cheney, stands with Heather Poe, her longtime partner, at a Sept. 11th memorial service in 2006. Poe and Cheney married Friday, June 22, 2012, in Washington.


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