Cheney supports gay marriage

cheneyFormer Vice President Dick Cheney is making headlines again but this time it’s not about torture.

Asked today at the National Press Club in Washington DC about recent state level decisions regarding same sex marriage, including California’s  state supreme court ruling upholding Proposition 8, Cheney said,

I think that freedom means freedom for everyone. As many of you know, one of my daughters is gay and it is something we have lived with for a long time in our family. I think people ought to be free to enter into any kind of union they wish. Any kind of arrangement they wish. The question of whether or not there ought to be a federal statute to protect this, I don’t support. I do believe that historically the way marriage has been regulated is at the state level. It has always been a state issue and I think that is the way it ought to be handled, on a state-by-state basis. … But I don’t have any problem with that. People ought to get a shot at that.

The report on Huffington Post also points out the Obama administration being seemingly at odds on the gay marriage question with a growing number of voices on both sides of the political spectrum.

The president has said he supports civil unions for gay couples but that he remains committed to marriage being between a man and woman. His press department has been completely quiet about the recent California Supreme Court case upholding a ban on gay marriage in the state.

Photo: US federal government/public domain

[UPDATE: Video of Cheney’s remarks after the jump.]

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7 Replies to “Cheney supports gay marriage”

  1. Remember those old cartoons, where the character would say, “Well, now I’ve seen everything” and pull out a gun and shoot himself? Yup, this one of those moments. C’mon, Obama, get on the bandwagon already!

  2. Wow.. an issue Darth Cheney is partially on the good side with. He still doesn’t take a side by saying though by saying it’s a state issue.

    But again, this news is nothing new. He had this to say in 2004:

    Asked his position on the subject at a town hall meeting here, Cheney replied: “Lynne and I have a gay daughter, so it’s an issue that our family is very familiar with. . . . With respect to the question of relationships, my general view is that freedom means freedom for everyone. People . . . ought to be free to enter into any kind of relationship they want to.”

    Cheney went on to reiterate the position he first outlined in the 2000 campaign — that same-sex marriage should be left to the states to decide. He noted, however, that Bush has endorsed a constitutional amendment preventing the states from recognizing such marriages.

    source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A29862-2004Aug24.html

    But I guess old news is still news.

  3. Sounds like an attempt to maintain positive relations with his daughter while sidestepping the issue and not really saying he supports gay marriage. Subject matter aside, when I pulled up the front page of MetBlogs and found a big picture of the devil staring back, it scared the shit out of me.

  4. So Obama would have more of a chance of winning the 2012 Republican presidential nomination than would Cheney. Chal, I think you just discovered a new definition of irony.

  5. Ah, Cheney, ever the role model of courage, standing up for gay marriage after the election, calling for the release of sensitive intelligence documents only when he believes they’ll make him look good (or just asking for their release will make him look good).

    He’s finally also said that Sadaam had nothing to do with 9/11, a line he stuck by to gain support for the Iraq invasion.

    Such integrity.

  6. “Integrity” is a word a cool-aid drinker like you wouldn’t know. Cheney kept this country safe for years from his “bunker”. A location, mind you, that a boob from the present “administration” revealed. Speaking of revelations: Only after Obambi suggested a theoretical existence by trying to shame his own country in the release of documents and pictures did Cheney suggest that the other half of those same released documents (the parts that show what was gained by certain actions) be released also. He didn’t start this fire. Keep in mind it’s time for Obambi to own up to the damage he’s causing, and not pass it off on previous admins like a small child would.

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