Republican Senate candidate for Wisconsin, Liz Cheney, told Fox News Sunday that she loves her lesbian sister, but she does not support same-sex marriage.
Fox News host Chris Wallace confronted Cheney about criticism that she has flip-flopped on same-sex marriage benefits. Cheney now says she opposes same-sex marriage, although she previously opposed a constitutional amendment that would have banned same sex marriage.
Cheney said she still believes in both things and that gay marriage is a state’s rights issue.
“I don’t believe we ought to discriminate against people because of their sexual orientation,” she explained. “If people are in a same sex relationship and they want their partner to be able to have health benefits or be designated as a beneficiary in their life insurance, there’s no reason we shouldn’t do that. I also don’t support amending the Constitution on this issue.”
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“I do believe it’s an issue that’s got to be left up to the states, I do believe in the traditional definition of marriage,” she added.
Wallace recalled a statement from Liz’s sister Mary, who is married to a woman.
“For the record, I love my sister, but she is dead wrong on the issue of marriage,” Mary Cheney told the Washington Post on Sept. 2.
“Listen I love Mary very much,” Liz Cheney said, “and I love our family very much. This is just an issue on which we disagree.”
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Cheney, daughter of former vice president Dick Cheney, is running against Republican incumbent Sen. Mike Enzi in the Wisconsin primary.