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Liz Cheney is wrong
November 19, 2013 - Andrea Johnson
Thanksgiving in the Cheney household is likely to be pretty chilly this year.
Liz Cheney, daughter of former vice president Dick Cheney, is a Republican candidate for the Senate in Wyoming. She has said she supports the "traditional definition of marriage," despite the fact that her sister Mary is gay, is married to her same sex spouse, and has two children. While Liz says she loves her sister and claims to have always treated her sister and her family "with compassion," Mary doesn't think that's good enough. Mary and her spouse Heather Pope won't be exchanging words with Liz unless and until Liz backs down on her opposition to same sex marriage.
Incidentally, Dick Cheney, AKA Darth Cheney, has proven that blood is thicker than water and has been supportive of his daughter Mary and her marriage to Heather Poe. Now he seems to be doing his version of "Can't we all get along?" and trying to be supportive of Liz without alienating Mary. I can sympathize with old Dick on this one and think Liz should have avoided stressing him out, especially since he just had a heart transplant.
I think Liz Cheney is wrong for other reasons, too, and this is why: family comes first. Family members do not necessarily agree on marriage, religion, politics, diet, choice of spouse or child-rearing decisions, but they still ought to be able to tolerate one another. At the very least, Liz Cheney owed her sister the common courtesy of discussing her position on gay marriage privately before she made it a political talking point. She really ought to have avoided bringing it up during political debate at all, since I doubt gay marriage is going to be made legal in Wyoming in the foreseeable future or that Liz will have much power to legalize it or keep it from being legal. For someone who undoubtedly believes in "family values," Liz Cheney has just demonstrated a poor understanding of the concept.
Who do you think is right here, Mary or Liz?
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