The issue of same-sex marriage has divided a family. This particular family just happens to be in the political spotlight. According to a report by Reuters on September 1, Mary Cheney, the younger sister of Wyoming Republican Liz Cheney, has spoken out against her sister’s opposition of gay marriage.
In a message on Facebook, Mary said her sister was “dead wrong” about her opposition to gay marriage.
Both Mary and Liz are the daughters of former Vice President Dick Cheney and find themselves on the opposite sides of the fence when it comes to the issue of same-sex marriage. Liz, who is seeking a Senate seat in Wyoming, made is clear on Friday that she is “not pro-marriage.”
In a statement released on Friday, Liz Cheney said:
“I am strongly pro-life and I am not pro-gay marriage. 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.”
By opposing gay marriage, Liz Cheney is also opposing the marriage of her younger sister who is a lesbian and married to her partner Heather Poe. Mary Cheney refuses to stay silent on her sister’s opposition because she doesn’t believe the issue should be decided by voters because to her “freedom means freedom for everyone.”
She went on to say:
“That means 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, shares similar views with both women. Although he is for gay marriage, he also believes it should be put in the hands of the individual states and not the federal government.