The Huffington Post reports that former VP Dick Cheney is helping to lobby in favor of marriage equality in the state of Maryland. And it appears to have worked with at least one prominent state politician:
Dick Cheney is part of a lobbying campaign to convince at least one Maryland state lawmaker to back marriage equality, the Baltimore Sun reported on Thursday. Since leaving the vice president’s office, Cheney has been increasingly vocal in his support for same-sex marriage, but the extent of his engagement on the issue was not previously well known.
The Sun story, flagged by John Aravosis at AMERICAblog, focused on the fight in the state over Gov. Martin O’Malley’s (D) bill to legalize gay marriage. It revealed that Maryland Del. Wade Kach (R-Baltimore) had been offered an opportunity to chat with Cheney, ostensibly to convince him to support marriage equality.
Kach (R-Baltimore) had been widely expected to vote against the legislation. He told the Sun that he changed his mind and decided to support it after hearing testimony from committed same-sex couples during a hearing last week, which went on for nearly 11 hours.
This is good, of course, but it’s more than a bit delayed. Dick Cheney helped Bush lead the fight for a federal marriage amendment that would have banned such legislation. What does he tell his daughter Mary? “Sorry honey, I love you but I was more than willing to sell your rights down the river for 8 years to help my political career.” How inspiring.