Often when a conservative politician has a family member come out as gay, they tend to soften their rhetoric or do a 180 on their civil rights position. While I don’t think this should be a necessary condition for persuading them to treat others well, it’s often sufficient motivation.
That said, Liz Cheney is running for the Senate in Wyoming. She is the eldest daughter of former VP Dick Cheney and the only sibling to gay rights activist Mary Cheney. Mary Cheney married her partner, Heather Poe in 2012.
Liz Cheney gives no fucks.“I am not pro-gay marriage. 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.”
That may seem like a more reasonable position, but it’s really a variant of the talking point about how the people hate gay marriage and the only reason it exists is because of mean ol’ judges and evil demmycrats.
Mary Cheney had this response to her sister: “For the record, I love my sister, but she is dead wrong on the issue of marriage.”
I don’t really understand opposition to marriage equality much to begin with as I wasn’t ever religious. But I have even less understanding of how you could maintain such a position when the people you care about the most are the ones harmed by it. I’m assuming of course that Liz Cheney loves her sister as much as I love mine. Maybe she doesn’t. Or maybe she loves winning an election in Wyoming more.
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