Liz and Mary Cheney Feud Over Gay Marriage

Sister-in-law has dig at Senate campaign
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 18, 2013 12:01 AM CST
Liz Cheney, Sister Feud Over Gay Marriage
Mary Cheney, right, stands with Heather Poe during a White House ceremony during her father's time in office.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Simmering Cheney family tensions over gay marriage have boiled over again—and the gloves are off this time. Wyoming Senate candidate Liz Cheney yesterday told Fox News she "believes in the traditional definition of marriage" and while she loves her sister Mary, who is married to a woman, "this is just an issue on which we disagree." Mary Cheney and wife Heather Poe fired back with angry responses on Facebook, reports the New York Times. "Liz—this isn’t just an issue on which we disagree, you’re just wrong—and on the wrong side of history," wrote Mary, who married Poe last year.

Poe went further, saying Liz's anti-gay marriage stance is "offensive to say the least" after the time she had spent with the family. She brought up the residency controversy that has damaged Liz's Senate campaign. "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," Poe wrote. "Yes, Liz, in 15 states and the District of Columbia, you are my sister-in-law." With Dick Cheney in favor of same-sex marriage, holiday get-togethers could get messy for the Cheney clan. Liz will be present when the Cheneys celebrate Christmas this year, but "I will not be seeing her," Mary says. (More Liz Cheney stories.)

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