Mary Cheney: Sister is ‘dead wrong’ on gay marriage


Sisters Mary and Liz Cheney are taking opposing sides on marriage equality, with younger sister Mary Cheney saying Liz is “dead wrong” for saying equality for gay couples should be decided by referendum.

Mary Cheney, the youngest daughter of former VP Dick Cheney, married her longtime partner Heather Poe in 2012.

Liz Cheney is running for the Republican Party nomination for the U.S. Senate in Wyoming.

In late August, Liz Cheney said she is “not pro-gay marriage.” She was seeking to counter what she described as a “dishonest push poll” that suggested she supports women’s reproductive choice and aggressively supports marriage equality.

She is not for abortion rights and also said in a statement, “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.”

Responding, Mary Cheney posted on Facebook, “For the record, I love my sister, but she is dead wrong on the issue of marriage.”

She also wrote, according to The New York Times, “Freedom means freedom for everyone. That means all families – regardless of how they look or how they are made – all families are entitled to the same rights, privileges and protections as every other.”

The youngest sister said equality shouldn’t be decided “by a show of hands.”