Political Convenience? Liz Cheney Now Supports Gay Marriage but Recently Voted Against the Equality Act

Monday September 27, 2021

Liz Cheney
Liz Cheney  (Source:Associated Press)

On "60 Minutes" this week Liz Cheney made news by saying she "was 'wrong' to oppose gay marriage in the past."

Cheney had famously created a family riff in 2013 when she ran a failed senatorial campaign against Sen. Mike Enziin Wyoming by expressing her opposition to marriage equality. "I do believe it's an issue that's got to be left up to the states. I do believe in the traditional definition of marriage,"she saidat the time onFox News Sunday." reported NPR.

This put her at odds with her out sister Mary, but also with her dad, former Vice President Dick Cheney.

"This is an issue that we have to recognize, you know, as human beings — that we need to work against discrimination of all kinds in our country, in our state," Cheney said. "Nobody should feel unsafe. Freedom means freedom for everybody."

"Despite her evolving stance on LGBTQ rights," NPR adds, "Cheney voted in February against theEquality Act, legislation that would have amended the 1964 Civil Rights Act to explicitly prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity."

As of this morning, her change in her view has yet to move her '0' rating on the Human Rights Campaign's rating of politicians on LGBTQ issues.

Still, some LGBTQ advocates are giving her some space on this.

"Gay rights advocates said they viewed Ms. Cheney's reversal as something more personal than political, noting that her original stance was more surprising than the reversal," reports the New York Times. "'I think it is hard to hold hate against your own sister,' Christine Quinn, the former speaker of the New York City Council, who is gay, said of Ms. Cheney's reversal. 'We have always said that knowing someone personally who is L.G.B.T.+ is the key to changing people's minds and identifying new allies.'"