WDEL Blog: Allan Loudell

Cheney daughters at war over gay marriage

Sometimes political families struggle over social issues, particularly if that issue hits close to home.

So it is with gay/lesbian marriage within the Cheney family.

The former Vice President might've been a neo-con superhawk when it came to the projection of U.S. military power (and still is), but when it came to social issues such as gay marriage, the Veep was somewhat libertarian (which used to be rather typical in the Intermountain West).

But with one daughter running for U.S. Senate, challenging an already staunchly conservative Republican incumbent from the Right, and the other daughter married to a woman, it was probably inevitable that the sisters would start feuding in the open.

This Cheney family storm erupted into the open Sunday when Mary Cheney and her wife were reportedly watching "Fox News Sunday". On the show, Liz Cheney proclaimed her opposition to same-sex marriage. Referring to her sister, Mary, Liz Cheney said this was "just an area where we disagree".

Mary Cheney responded on FACEBOOK: "Liz -- this isn't an issue on which we disagree; you're just wrong -- and on the wrong side of history."

Heather Poe, spouse to Mary Cheney, dug in further in a FACEBOOK post, alluding to Liz Cheney's move from northern Virginia to Wyoming to run in that U.S. Senate race: "I can't help but wonder how Liz would feel if, as she moved from state to state, she discovered that her family was protected in one, but not the other. Yes, Liz, in fifteen states and the District of Columbia you are my sister-in-law..." Ouch, given Liz's Virginia-to-Wyoming move already has critics painting her as a carpetbagger!

Liz Cheney reportedly views her lesbian sister's stand as hypocritical, considering she supported President Bush's re-election, despite his anti-gay-marriage stance.

One supposes the Cheney family would be spared this infighting were it not a very public family involved in Republican politics...



On top of her move from Virginia to Wyoming - by all appearances, just for political reasons (Yes, the same can be said of Hillary Rodham Clinton's earlier carpetbagging move to New York state) - does Liz Cheney not come off as inauthentic for another reason: Willingness to exacerbate family tensions in search of a few votes? (Again, Wyoming may be more traditional and individualistic, but it's more libertarian than Bible Belt!) Precisely the argument from this NEW REPUBLIC piece...


Posted at 7:39am on November 18, 2013 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Mon, Nov 18, 2013 12:04pm
The saddest thing, with everything of importance going on in the world today, is that this is your blog's lead-off topic for the week....

Disappointment from discerning readers everywhere.

Mon, Nov 18, 2013 6:55pm
I'm glad to hear Liz Cheney take a stand for what's right, regardless of which "side of history" it's on.

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