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How do you tell your sister how happy you are she is marrying her longtime girlfriend, embrace her wife as a member of the family, their children as your niece and nephew, then turn around and tell the nation you oppose gay marriage? For this alone, Liz Cheney, who is running for the Republican U. Senate nomination in Wyoming against a longtime conservative incumbent, deserves to lose.
Liz Cheney, a year-old heterosexual mother of five, trying to thread the needle on gay rights has instead stabbed her sister. Inshe opposed a Constitutional amendment outlawing gay marriage, and supported Women want sex Cheney benefits to same-sex partners at the State Department, where she worked during the George W. Bush administration. These are classic baby steps on the way to accepting the civil rights argument that marriage should not be denied on the basis of sexual orientation. Supporters of her opponent, Sen.
John Enzi, say her opposition to gay marriage represents a flip-flop, part of her strategy to run to his right and appeal to Tea Party Republicans in the overwhelmingly conservative state. I do believe in the traditional definition of marriage. But opposing gay marriage is the very definition of discriminating against people because of their sexual orientation.
Last year, 20 years to the day after their first date, Mary Cheney, 44, and Poe, 52, tied the knot in Washington, D. The Cheney family released this public statement:. Mary and Heather and their children are very important and much-loved members of our family, and we wish them every happiness. Gay marriage is bad. Vote for Liz. PST Nov. She did not. More from Robin Abcarian.
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