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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Since the Supreme Court threw out Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act in late June, LGBT couples have quietly achieved victory after victory when it comes to visas, taxes and health care.

But perhaps the greatest victory came Friday when the name “Cheney” became delinked from the cause of equal marriage, which has now achieved more in three months than during Newt Gingrich’s, Donald Trump’s or Rush Limbaugh’s last three marriages.

Liz Cheney — daughter of former vice president of the United States and CEO of Halliburton Dick Cheney — declared on Friday, “I am not pro-gay marriage.”

For years, conservatives had fun prodding the left by noting that Dick Cheney was more progressive than President Obama on the issue of same-sex marriage. In 2004, even as George W. Bush was running for re-election under the banner that we needed a Constitutional amendment banning marriage equality — presumably to preserve the sanctity of Gingrich’s, Trump’s and Limbaugh’s latest marriages — the elder Cheney declared that he thought same-sex marriage was a state matter.

And that is now his daughter Liz’s opinion, more than eight years later. Thankfully, the president has leapfrogged (or leap-evolved) over the Cheneys, as evidenced by his second inaugural address, the first to ever mention gay rights, and his administration’s clear policy that marriage is marriage, regardless of what a state says.

Cheney felt obligated to state her “states’ rights” stance because a poll showed Wyoming voters were confused on what her stand was and her only justification for her primary challenge against Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) is that she’s more conservative than he is. And when it comes to marriage, Enzi shares George W. Bush’s desire to amend the Constitution for the first time to take away a right from a specific group by banning gay marriage.

Updating her stance on marriage would be possibly the only interesting stance Cheney could take in her primary campaign. Her qualification(s) for trying to unseat Enzi include a position at the State Department she got thanks to her last name and years of spitting invective at President Obama on Fox News. If being a beneficiary of nepotism and saying horrible things about Obama were qualifications for the U.S. Senate, the GOP wouldn’t still be desperate for decent Senate candidates in Michigan, Georgia and Virginia, where Liz Cheney actually lives.

Of course, there is one Cheney who is as progressive as the president now is when it comes to equal marriage: Mary Cheney.

On her Facebook page, the other Cheney daughter, who is openly gay, posted the following and asked people to share it:

For the record, I love my sister, but she is dead wrong on the issue of marriage. Freedom means freedom for everyone. 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.

LOL. And good for Mary Cheney.

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