Wyoming Senate candidate Liz Cheney has taken heat from her sister Mary Cheney for being against gay marriage and now the daughter of former vice president Dick Cheney is being attacked too soft in her opposition for gay marriage. As MSNBC reports on October 7, a conservative group has released a TV ad attacking Cheney, labeling her “Wrong for Wyoming.”
It is a bit ironic that gay marriage is coming into play again for Cheney who made it clear that she was not “pro-marriage” in a statement released earlier this year. The statement drew a critical response from her younger sister, Mary, who is openly gay and married. Mary called Liz “dead wrong” for her stance against gay marriage.
In the statement Liz wrote:
“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.”
So why was the television ad released questioning Liz Cheney’s position when it comes to gay marriage. Perhaps it is because of her family, including her father, being open in about their support for gay marriage. It is a political strategy to create doubt in the minds of voters that she is as against it as she says she is.
The television ad was the first one released by either side and has struck a match in an already heated Senate primary race between Cheney and incumbent GOP Sen. Mike Enzi.
The ad spotlights Cheney’s 2009 appearance where she both supported government benefits for gay couples and confessed that she “would not like to see a constitutional amendment” banning gay marriage.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, head of the American Principles Fund, which paid for the ad, simply stated that “values are under attack” and they will stand for “those who stand for what’s right”.
In their opinion, Liz Cheney isn’t right for Wyoming.