Mary Cheney & Wife Blast Liz Cheney Over Same-Sex Marriage Opposition
Liz Cheney's public opposition of same-sex marriage continues to cause problems within the Cheney family.
Liz's sister Mary Cheney's wife Heather Poe spoke out against Liz today via Facebook after seeing her sister-in-law once again support the "traditional definition of marriage" on FOX News on Sunday.
Check out Liz on FOX News:
Here's the FOX News transcript:
WALLACE: Some of your conservative critics and, frankly, some of the Enzi people, say that you have flipped positions on some issues to try to attract voters that you didn't previously hold. You now say that you oppose same sex marriage, but they point out that in 2009, you opposed a constitutional amendment -- I know you say it's a state issue -- a constitutional amendment that would have banned same sex marriage and they point out that you supported the State Department offering benefits to same sex partners. They say that's a flip.
CHENEY: It's not and I stand by both of those positions. I don't believe we've got to discriminate against people because of their sexual orientation. If people are in a same sex relationship and they want their partner to be able to have health benefits or be designated as a beneficiary on their life insurance, there's no reason they shouldn't do that. I also don't support amending the constitution on this issue. I do believe it's an issue that's got to be left up to the state. I do believe in the traditional definition of marriage.
WALLACE: You talk about your position against same sex marriage. Your sister, Mary, who is married to a woman, put out this post. She said, "For the record, I love my sister," you, "but she is dead wrong on the issue of marriage."
CHENEY: Yes. And I -- listen, I love Mary very much. I love her family very much. This is just an issue in which we disagree.
Cue the side eye from Mary and Heather (pictured below, right):
Heather Poe writes in response:
I was watching my sister-in-law on Fox News Sunday (yes Liz, in fifteen states and the District of Columbia you are my sister-in-law) and was very disappointed to hear her say "I do believe in the traditional definition of marriage." Liz has been a guest in our home, has spent time and shared holidays with our children, and when Mary and I got married in 2012 - she didn't hesitate to tell us how happy she was for us. To have her now say she doesn't support our right to marry is offensive to say the least I can't help but wonder how Liz would feel if as she moved from state to state, she discovered that her family was protected in one but not the other. I always thought freedom meant freedom for EVERYONE.
Mary Cheney seconded her wife's stance, saying:
Couldn't have said it better myself.
Liz - this isn't just an issue on which we disagree - you're just wrong - and on the wrong side of history.
It doesn't look like the tension surrounding this issue is showing any sign of lessening amongst the Cheney family.