Former Vice President Dick Cheney was floored when his daughter Liz became the target of a Facebook “attack” from within the family for her opposition to gay marriage.
“We were surprised that there was an attack launched against Liz on Facebook, and wished it hadn’t happened,” Cheney said Tuesday at the National Press Club, as quoted by ABC News. “It’s always been dealt with within the context of the family and frankly that’s our preference.”
Mary Cheney, the former vice president’s openly gay daughter, wrote on Facebook that her sister was “on the wrong side of history” in regard to gay marriage after Liz, a candidate for U.S. Senate in Wyoming, publicly defended her opposition. Mary’s longtime partner Heather Poe has also criticized Liz Cheney on her Facebook page.
The back-and-forth has soured the sisters’ relationship. Mary Cheney said that she does not plan to see her sister at Christmas although the entire family is expected to gather for the holidays in Wyoming.
Dick Cheney said he wouldn’t discuss the family feud any further and said the dispute was “obviously a difficult thing for a family,” according to ABC News.