Mary Cheney took to Facebook on Friday night to criticize her sister, Liz Cheney, on her position on same sex marriage writing, “For the record, I love my sister, but she is dead wrong on the issue of marriage.” Mary Cheney, who is openly gay and married her long-time partner last year, urged her Facebook friends to share the message.
Liz Cheney made a surprising announcement Friday afternoon saying she was “not pro gay marriage,” a position that contradicts the position of her family members, most notably former Vice President Dick Cheney, who said he had “no problem” with gay marriage in 2009 and even appeared in a pro-gay marriage commercial earlier this year.
Echoing language from her father’s commercial, Mary Cheney said to her post that “Freedom means freedom for everyone.”
“That means that 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,” Mary Cheney wrote.
Liz Cheney, who is challenging Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) for his seat in the Senate, made the announcement in response to a push poll that asked if listeners were “aware that Liz Cheney supports abortion and aggressively promotes gay marriage.”
“I am strongly pro-life and I am not pro-gay marriage,” she said in a statement. “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.”