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Steele Breaks With Cheney on Gay Marriage

Wednesday, 03 Jun 2009 11:47 AM

By David A. Patten

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RNC chairman Michael Steele reiterated his opposition to same sex marriage this week, taking issue with former vice president Dick Cheney's support for it.

"The vice president brings very personal perspective to this issue," Steele said on CNN's American Morning program on Tuesday -- a reference to the fact that Cheney has a gay daughter.

"My personal view is that marriage is between a man and a woman," Steele said, adding that his stance is "very much in line with what the president [Barack Obama] has said."

Cheney and Steele agree in one regard, however: Both say the issue of gay marriage should ultimately be decided by states, and not by the federal government.

Cheney says the issue should be determined "on a state-by-state basis." Steele said Tuesday that states should be the "ultimate arbiters" of what constitutes a legal marriage.

Speaking at the National Press Club on Monday, Cheney remarked: "I think freedom means freedom for everyone."

He added, "As many of you know, one of my daughters is gay -- something that we've lived 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."

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