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Cheney Sisters: Liz and Mary Take Gay Marriage Feud Public

Image: Cheney Sisters: Liz and Mary Take Gay Marriage Feud Public Liz Cheney, left. At right is Mary Cheney (pointing) and her marriage partner Heather Poe.

By Alexandra Ward   |   Monday, 18 Nov 2013 12:07 PM

Liz and Mary Cheney, the daughters of former Vice President Dick Cheney, continued their feud over gay marriage this week, taking it public on TV and social media.

Liz Cheney, the elder sister who is running in the GOP primary for U.S. Senate in Wyoming, first spoke out about her opposition to same-sex marriage in August, when she issued a statement saying, "I am strongly pro-life and I am not pro-gay marriage."

Mary Cheney, a lesbian who married partner Heather Poe in 2012, responded to her sister's public statement on Facebook.

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"For the record, I love my sister, but she is dead wrong on the issue of marriage," she wrote on the social network. "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.

Cheney and his wife Lynne have sided with Liz. They issued a statement noting that the gay-rights issue was one "we have dealt with privately for many years."

The spat started up again this week when Liz Cheney appeared on "Fox News Sunday" and addressed the disagreement.

"I love Mary very much. I love her family very much. This is just an issue on which we disagree," she said.

Mary Cheney quickly shot back, again on Facebook, posting: "Liz — this isn't just an issue on which we disagree — you're just wrong — and on the wrong side of history."

Poe, Mary Cheney's wife, also responded to her sister-in-law's comments online.

"Liz has been a guest in our home, has spent time and shared holidays with our children, and when Mary and I got married in 2012 — she didn't hesitate to tell us how happy she was for us," Poe wrote. "To have her now say she doesn't support our right to marry is offensive to say the least. I can't help but wonder how Liz would feel if as she moved from state to state, she discovered that her family was protected in one but not the other."

Though one of his daughters strongly opposes it, Dick Cheney backed same-sex marriage sanctioned by the state in 2009, saying, "People ought to be free to enter into any kind of union they wish, any kind of arrangement they wish."

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