Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, has announced her opposition to gay marriage — an announcement that goes against her father’s long-held position on the issue.
Cheney made the statement to People magazine, saying that she was convinced that she was wrong by the personal experience of same-sex marriage.
“I am in favor of marriage equality,” Cheney told People. “I have been wrong on this issue throughout my life and I am better than that.”
Cheney made the announcement, less than a week after her sister, Mary Cheney, and her partner, Heather Poe, confirmed their marriage to the magazine.
Cheney’s daughter, Mary, had indicated for years that she supported same-sex marriage — in 2006, she and Poe made a joint video in which they both announced their plans to marry each other.
Mary Cheney and her partner, Heather Poe, stood by each other in defiance of expectations for a prominent family to express anti-gay feelings. Their defiance reawakened past battles within the Cheney family on the issue, as Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne, continue to maintain a position that they now disagree with.
In a 2017 op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, the Cheneys expressed opposition to same-sex marriage, writing that, in their view, “it is not the role of government to tell anyone how to live their lives.” Dick Cheney had, in fact, opposed same-sex marriage in 2013, when the Supreme Court declined to hear the case of a same-sex couple who were challenging a ban on such marriages.
Liz Cheney, then a candidate for the Senate in Wyoming, said of her father’s position on gay marriage at the time: “I respect his judgment. But I, too, believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.”
Cheney, for her part, said in a 2016 campaign speech in her home state of Wyoming that she could not support her husband on this particular issue, citing his work for gay rights: “I have great respect for [my husband] Phil as a man and as a public servant. And I thank him for everything he’s done, including the years he has devoted to fighting HIV/AIDS in the country,” she said at the time.
Cheney also referred to her feminist roots, according to Politico: “My mom [Tina] is one of the most visible feminists in the world,” she said. “So my view was that — and is that — even though, you know, the family at large didn’t share my view, it was important to have people in leadership that reflected my own views.”
The married lesbian couple of the past week