Gay Issues

Liz Cheney: I Don't Believe In Discrimination, But I Believe In The Traditional Definition Of Marriage

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

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.”

“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.”

Cheney, daughter of former vice president Dick Cheney, is running against Republican incumbent Sen. Mike Enzi in the Wisconsin primary.

Sources: Washington Post, Politico