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Cheney Family In Feud Over Gay Marriage

A family feud over gay marriage exploded into social media over the weekend after Liz Cheney expressed her disagreement with gay marriage, sparking an outraged response from her sister Mary Cheney, who is a lesbian.

“Listen, I love Mary very much. I love her family very much,” said Cheney responding to questions about her views on gay marriage in an appearance on Fox News Sunday. “This is just an issue in which we disagree.”

Mary Cheney voiced her disappointment via Facebook. “Liz – this isn’t just an issue on which we disagree – you’re just wrong – and on the wrong side of history,” Cheney said.

Additionally, Heather Poe, Cheney’s wife, also took to Facebook, accusing the elder Cheney sister of backtracking after expressing her support and happiness for their marriage back in 2012. “To have her now say she doesn’t support our right to marry is offensive to say the least,” she posted on the social network.

Following the couple’s reply, former vice president Dick Cheney and his wife Lynne released a statement Monday expressing regret that their daughters’ long-brewing conflict became public. Nevertheless, the Cheney’s expressed that although the GOP Senate candidate maintains her conservative views on same-sex marriage, “she has also always treated her sister and her sister’s family with love and respect, exactly as she should have done.”

The issue of gay marriage has plagued Liz Cheney’s Senate bid in Wyoming, leaving her to walk a political tightrope between conservatives who accuse her of being soft on the gay rights debate and her sister, a fierce spokesperson for gay rights. Mary Cheney’s most recent comments echo statements made by her in August regarding her sister’s views on gay marriage, saying she was “dead wrong on the issue.”

“Freedom  means freedom for everyone,” said the younger Cheney. “That means that 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.”

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