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Mary Cheney Rightfully Hurt By Liz Cheney’s Anti-Gay Remarks About Marriage

November 18, 2013


While I certainly know what it feels like to have anti-gay bigotry from family presented in mean ways there is something altogether more wretched when that bigotry plays out on the national stage.  Such is the case when Wyoming Tea Party U.S. Senate candidate Liz Cheney struck beneath the belt concerning gay marriage, an institution that her sister Mary Cheney and her wife have been able to enjoy.

Mary and Heather Poe have two children.

So not only did Liz in her awful words seek to undermine two committed people in their relationship, but also sought to damage an entire family.  While there are many couples Liz’s words could apply to, the one they are most clearly aimed at is her sister, Mary.

It all started this weekend when Liz repeated her opposition to same sex marriage.  That is, no matter how you slice it or dice it, a most hurtful and intemperate remark. It is an anti-gay remark.  It shows no compassion and a real disdain for the long-term relationship of many loving couples, including her sibling.

Mary Cheney and her spouse have responded to Liz.

Liz – this isn’t just an issue on which we disagree – you’re just wrong – and on the wrong side of history,” Mary Cheney wrote. 

In a separate Facebook post, Heather Poe called her sister-in-law’s comments “offensive.” 

“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 on the social media site. “To have her now say she doesn’t support our right to marry is offensive to say the least.” 

I was told at one point in 2007 that I would just have to recognize someone in my family had a different (negative) opinion about gay relationships, and accept it.  I instantly rejected that argument and responded with that type of thinking it then could be said Hitler just had a different opinion about Jews.  There are times when there is no room to negotiate as there is clearly a right way and a wrong way to proceed.

Mary Cheney, Heather Poe, and the majority of Americans are on the same side of history.

Gay marriage is here, and coming to all 50 states soon.

Equality will win.

What so many gay couples find sad are those who slur them have such dreadful relationships.  Bigots seem jealous when confronted with the fact gay couples can have such long and fulfilling commitments.

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