BREAKING: Liz Cheney Says She Was Wrong to Oppose Gay Marriage
Once a leading conservative, RINO Liz Cheney takes another lean further left by reversing her stance on gay marriage.
The daughter of the former VP now says that says she was wrong to oppose gay marriage in the past, a stand that once split her family.
Cheney, R-Wyo., a fierce critic of fellow Republican Donald Trump, also told CBS News’ “60 Minutes” that she views her reelection campaign as the most important House race in the nation as forces aligned with the former president try to unseat her. She voted to impeach Trump over his role in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
In the interview which aired on the broadcast of Sunday, Sept. 26, Cheney said she had little affection for President Joe Biden, who she believes has embraced harmful policies for the economy and national security with the Afghanistan withdrawal. “But the alternative cannot be a man who doesn’t believe in the rule of law and who violated his oath of office,” Cheney said.
The daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney was an ascendant Republican leader before the Jan. 6 riot, yet she is increasingly defined by her public opposition to Trump and his hold on the GOP. Cheney, 55, noted that she still talks with her father every night and that they share the same views on rejecting Trump.
Liz Cheney famously broke with her family in 2013 by opposing gay marriage ahead of a failed Senate bid. Her objections caused a rift with her sister, Mary, a married lesbian. Mary’s spouse, Heather Poe, posted on Facebook that year that Cheney’s position was offensive and that “I always thought freedom meant freedom for EVERYONE.”
In the interview, Cheney said her opposition to gay marriage was misguided, and she channeled her sister-in-law’s Facebook post in explaining why she changed her position.
“I was wrong. I was wrong,” she said. “It’s a very personal issue — and very personal for my family. I believe that my dad was right. And my sister and I have had that conversation … Freedom means freedom for everybody.”
After voting to impeach Trump, Cheney lost her leadership post as chair of the House Republican Conference. Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi put her on a nine-person committee to investigate the Jan. 6 assault, and she serves as vice-chair.
Trump has vowed to defeat Cheney in next year’s primary election by backing Republican Harriet Hageman, an attorney. Cheney, seeking a fourth term, said nothing less than the authority of the Constitution is at stake.
Trump recently renewed his feud with the Bush family, berating former president George W. Bush for throwing his support behind Cheney in her race against Hageman.
When Trump heard that his fellow former president was going to host a fundraiser for Cheney, he released a statement that said, “Bush is the one who got us into the quicksand of the Middle East,” and “the Middle East was left in worse shape after 21 years than it was when he started his stupidity.”
The first sentence of the statement condemned Bush’s support of the “warmongering and very low polling” Cheney.