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Liz Cheney: I Was Wrong on Gay Marriage

And younger sister Mary is 'proud' of the about-face
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 27, 2021 2:02 AM CDT
Updated Sep 27, 2021 12:15 PM CDT
Liz Cheney: I Shouldn't Have Opposed Gay Marriage
In this July 27, 2021 file photo, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wy., listens to testimony from Washington Metropolitan Police Department Officer Daniel Hodges during the House select committee hearing on the Jan. 6 attack on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (Jim Bourg/Pool via AP, File)

(Newser) Update: Mary Cheney says she is proud of older sister Liz after the latter's about-face on same-sex marriage. "It took a ton of courage to admit that she was wrong back in 2013 when she opposed marriage equality,” wrote Mary, who is gay and married, on Facebook. “That is something few politicians would ever do. I have nothing but respect and admiration for the strength of character she continues to show on a daily basis.” She added a sisterly dig at the GOP lawmaker: "I told you so." Our original story from Monday morning follows:

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Liz Cheney is up for re-election next year, no easy feat as a Republican who opposes former President Trump and whose own party has called on to step down. The congresswoman spoke to 60 Minutes on Sunday about that and a host of other topics. Arguably getting the most attention: her comments on same-sex marriage, which she famously opposed in 2013 despite her own sister being gay and her father, former VP Dick Cheney, supporting it. "I was wrong," Cheney said Sunday, eliciting a "Wow" from interviewer Lesley Stahl, who said she wasn't expecting Cheney's response. "I was wrong. I love my sister very much. I love her family very much. And ... I was wrong. 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."

She went on to say that "we need to work against discrimination of all kinds in our country," and that "freedom means freedom for everybody." See videos and a transcript of the full interview here. Cheney was also making headlines Sunday for a tweet in which she posted a picture of George W. Bush captioned, "I like Republican presidents who win re-election." As Insider explains, the tweet was in response to an apparent "face swap" image Trump sent out to supporters showing a photo of Cheney with Bush's face where hers should be. The message was sent out a day after Trump criticized Bush for "a failed and uninspiring presidency" and "stupidity" in the Middle East. (Read more Liz Cheney stories.)

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