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Cheney mentions gay
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would like to know, sir, from your heart —
I don't want to know what your advisers
say, or even what your top adviser thinks
— but I need to know what do you think
about homosexual marriages?"
With his wife Lynne Cheney sitting
next to him, Cheney said, "Lynne and I
have a gay daughter, so it's an issue that
our family is very familiar with."
Added Cheney, "We have two daughters,
and we have enormous pride in both of
them. They're both fine young women.
They do a superb job, frankly, of supporting us. And we are blessed with both our
Cheney then reiterated the position he
took during the 2000 presidential campaign, that the question of legal recognition of same-sex marriage should be left to
the states. Although he did not say so
directly, he made it clear that he personally does not support a federal constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
"I made clear four years ago when I ran
and this question came up in the debate I
had with Joe Lieberman that my view was
that that's appropriately a matter for the
states to decide,"
Cheney said. Lieberman, a U.S. senator
from Connecticut, was the Democratic
candidate for vice president in 2000.
Cheney added, "[T]he president makes
basic policy for the administration. And
he's made it clear that he does, in fact, support a constitutional amendment on this
issue," Cheney said. "But at this point my
own preference is as I stated."
Draft GOP platform backs FMA
Cheney's appearance at the Iowa town
forum came one day before the committee charged with writing the GOP platform in advance of the Republican
National Convention voted unanimously
to adopt a plank calling for passage of
The national gay group Log Cabin
Republicans hailed Cheney's comments
in Iowa, saying the party should heed his
advice and reject the proposed platform
Language backing a constitutional
"Today the vice president restated what
he so eloquently said in 2000, and what the
vice president said then rings just as true
today," said Log Cabin Executive Director
The Human Rights Campaign, the
nation's largest gay political group, issued
a statement saying the Bush administration "can't have it both ways" on the marriage issue.
"President Bush must be feeling the
heat," said HRC president Cheryl Jacques.
"Millions of Republican families, like the
Cheneys, have gay friends and family
members and are offended by President
Bush's effort to put discrimination in the
When Bush first announced his support
for a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage earlier this year, Cheney said he
would support Bush's position. Some
Democrats will likely view Cheney's comments this week, on the eve of the GOP
convention, as a ploy to gain support from
moderate, swing voters.
Ron Schlittler, interim executive director of Parents, Families & Friends of
Lesbians & Gays, said Cheney's comments did not appear to be politically
"I'm really pleased with him for not
dodging the question," Schlittler said.
"He answered from a place of authentic
pride and passion for his daughter and
Added Schlittler, "It forces Republicans
to acknowledge that they also have family
members and friends who are lesbian or
"It was an amazing, revealing moment.
He had what it takes to stand up for his
family I was very moved by it."
Guerriero has said that Bush's support
for a constitutional ban on gay marriage
would hurt the president among moderate
voters in key states, where the election is
close, and would drive away most of the 1
million gays who voted for Bush in 2000.
Social conservatives shocked
Leaders among social conservatives
important to the GOP took umbrage at
Cheney's Iowa remarks, saying the vice
president's position could hurt Bush
among the "millions" of fundamentalist
Christians and other social conservatives
that strongly oppose same-sex marriage.
"I find it hard to believe that the vice
president would stray from the administration's position on defense policy or tax
policy," said Tony Perkins, president of
the socially conservative Family Research
"For many pro-family voters, protecting traditional marriage ranks ahead of
the economy and job creation as a campaign issue."
Perkins, noting that Cheney has
acknowledged that "activist judges" were
poised to rule on the issue of same-sex
marriage in some states, said he was surprised that the vice president is reluctant
to endorse a constitutional ban on such
"We urge Vice President Cheney to support President Bush and a constitutional
amendment on marriage," he said.
Anne Womack, a Bush campaign
spokesperson, told reporters after the
town meeting that she did not know
whether Cheney actually opposes a const i
tutional amendment on marriage, according to the Washington Post.
Womack said Cheney's comments do
not represent an administration change of
policy or opinion on the issue and that
Cheney "respects the president's right to
make the decision." the Post reported.
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