Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, admits that she was “wrong” to oppose same-sex marriage, completely reversing her longstanding opposition to marriage equality. Read on for the full story.
Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney Admits She Was Wrong to Oppose Same-Sex Marriage
Back in 2013, Wyoming Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney spoke out against same-sex marriage rights, saying that she believed “in the traditional definition of marriage.” Her public opinion on marriage equality created a major rift between Liz and her sister Mary, who is a married lesbian with children who publically accused Liz of being on the wrong side of history. When 60 Minutes’ Lesley Stahl asked Cheney how she defended what she did, Cheney responded by saying,
“I was wrong. I was wrong. I love my sister very much. I love her family very much … and I was wrong. It’s a very personal issue, very personal for my family.”
She went on to say that her father had been right along. Former VP Dick Cheney surprised everyone in 2004 when he came out in support of both his daughter Mary and marriage equality in general, saying “freedom means freedom for everyone.” Ms. Cheny, who has since had the conversation with her sister, echoed her father’s words, saying,
“This is an issue that we have to recognize as human beings that we need to work against discrimination of all kinds in our country, in our state. Freedom means freedom for everyone.”
As the New York Times put it, “Ms. Cheney’s reversal on the issue may be more indicative of the country’s evolution on same-sex marriage than any political transformation of her own.” Cheney’s change of hard is not that unusual among Republicans who once stood against marriage equality. Last year, we wrote that a record-breaking 70 percent of Americans now support same-sex marriage. That includes 55% of Republicans.
Cheney’s position on other Republican ideals remains the same
Cheney, who was among the very small handful of Republicans who voted to impeach Donald Trump and one of only two Republicans on the Jan. 6 committee, was quick to point out that she hasn’t changed her stance on other conservative ideals, though. She told 60 Minutes that she’s still against abortion rights and for gun rights. She still thinks that waterboarding is not a form of torture, and she is still proud to say that she supported Trump “more than 90 percent of the time.”
Perhaps most important to note, Cheney voted to oppose the Equality Act, both in 2019 and again this year. So while she may have a newfound outlook on same-sex marriage, she doesn’t seem to be in a rush to actually take action that would support the LGBTQ community.
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