Mary Cheney to headline Ind. fundraiser to fight proposed gay marriage ban

Mary Cheney

Mary Cheney

INDIANAPOLIS — Mary Cheney is coming to Indianapolis to help raise money to fight a proposed amendment banning gay marriage.

The openly gay daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney plans to headline a fundraiser for Freedom Indiana on Dec. 11. Tickets range from $30 to $5,000.

Mary Cheney

Mary Cheney

“No one should be denied the fundamental liberties we all deserve,” Cheney wrote in the fundraising appeal sent Tuesday.

Cheney, who married Heather Poe in Washington D.C., in 2012, has recently been fighting publicly with her sister, a conservative Republican running for the U.S. Senate in Wyoming.

Senate candidate Liz Cheney said in an interview on Fox News earlier this month said she loves Mary very much, but that same-sex marriage “is just an issue on which we disagree.”

“Liz – this isn’t just an issue on which we disagree – you’re just wrong – and on the wrong side of history,” retorted Mary Cheney.

Mary Cheney herself has been publicly criticized for her support of 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

During the campaign, Romney signed a pledge sponsored by the National Organization for Marriage promising to support a federal constitutional amendment “defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.”

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Similarly, in Indiana, the fight is not over legalizing same-sex marriage, but rather strengthening and expanding the state’s existing ban on gay marriage.

Lawmakers are considering a measure which would add the state ban to the constitution, but also expand it to bar future approval of civil unions or employer benefits for same-sex couples.

Supporters of the strengthened ban say it is needed to block a judge from potentially overturning state law, while opponents say it would drive new businesses from locating in Indiana.

If approved during the upcoming legislative session, the measure would head to Indiana voters for approval, which has the potential to turn 2014 into a high-dollar, national battle.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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