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Monday, November 18, 2013

Cheney Sisters Feud Over Same-Sex Marriage

Liz Cheney, left, and Mary Cheney, right, have been feuding publicly over same-sex marriage.

Liz Cheney, left, and Mary Cheney, right, have been feuding publicly over same-sex marriage.

Update 2 p.m.: Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife Lynne Cheney have issued a statement addressing the family argument: “This is an issue we have dealt with privately for many years, and we are pained to see it become public. Since it has, one thing should be clear. Liz has always believed in the traditional definition of marriage. She has also always treated her sister and her sister’s family with love and respect, exactly as she should have done. Compassion is called for, even when there is disagreement about such a fundamental matter, and Liz’s many kindnesses shouldn’t be used to distort her position.”

There’s a public feud between former Vice President Dick Cheney’s daughters, and it’s both personal and political. Liz Cheney, a U.S. Senate candidate in Wyoming, told Fox News yesterday that she believes in “the traditional definition of marriage.”

Her sister Mary Cheney and Mary’s wife Heather Poe then took to Facebook, saying Liz is on the wrong side of history.

Liz Cheney is opposing Republican Senator Mike Enzi, who is running for a fourth term. Enzi also opposes gay marriage.

ABC News political director Rick Klein joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to discuss how the family differences are playing out in Wyoming, and whether it’s having an effect on Liz Cheney’s senate campaign.


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