Liz Cheney’s anti-gay marriage remark draws sharp rebuke from sister, wife

The debate between sisters Liz and Mary Cheney over the issue of same-sex marriage erupted on the public stage again Sunday, when U.S. Senate candidate Liz Cheney, appearing on Fox News, reiterated her opposition to same-sex marriage.

In an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” Liz Cheney, who is battling to unseat three-term GOP U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi in the Wyoming primary next year, told host Chris Wallace, “I love Mary very much, I love her family very much. This is just an issue on which we disagree.”

Liz Cheney (left) and Mary Cheney and her spouse Heather Poe.
Liz Cheney (left) and Mary Cheney and her spouse Heather Poe.

The remark drew a sharp rebuke from Mary Cheney, who is openly gay, and her spouse Heather Poe:

“Liz has been a guest in our home, has spent time and shared holidays with our children, and when Mary and I got married in 2012 — she didn’t hesitate to tell us how happy she was for us,” Poe wrote in a Facebook post. “To have her now say she doesn’t support our right to marry is offensive to say the least.”

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“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,” Poe added.

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

This is not the first public debate on the issue between the daughters of former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney.

In August, Liz made similar remarks in an interview with The Daily Caller, to which Mary replied: “For the record, I love my sister, but she is dead wrong on the issue of marriage.”

“Freedom means freedom for everyone,” Mary Cheney said at the time, echoing remarks made by their father in an appearance on “The View” in 2011.

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