Earlier this week, Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney and Republican primary candidate for the Senate next year in Wyoming, spoke her opinion on the matter of same-sex marriage, a point of contention among conservatives since the Supreme Court ruling two months ago. Liz Cheney says that she is "not pro gay-marriage," but takes a compromise position by deferring to the states. Now, she faces criticism from a surprising yet likely source: Liz's sister Mary.
A married lesbian, Mary Cheney posted on her Facebook page today, saying that, while she loves her sister Liz, "she is dead wrong on the issue of marriage." She went a little further:
"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."
Mary Cheney's comments come as sister Liz attempts to make the case as a viable alternative to incumbent Republican Senator Mike Enzi, who enjoys significant popularity in his home state. When asked further about same sex marriage, Liz Cheney said that
"I believe the issue of marriage must be decided by the states, and by the people in the states, not by judges and not even by legislators, but by the people themselves."
It represents a compromise on her part, in part to avoid heat from Enzi supporters who may wish to change this in to an issues election next year. For its part, the state of Wyoming as a whole remains anti-gay marriage, though support has improved significantly in recent years: In 2012, 41% of Wyomingites support same sex marriage, up from just 26% in 2004. Enzi remains stridently against gay marriage, having supported campaigns to the failed Federal Marriage Amendment in 2004.
Still, even without these issues in place, Liz Cheney's chances of winning the Republican nomination remain slim. Recent polls show Cheney trailing Enzi by more than 25 points. While the primary is more than a year away, Cheney is not likely to gain ground on her end, especially given that Republican officials and local Republicans have explicitly backed Enzi.