1 Jun

So today I woke up from a nap just in time to turn on CNN and the video of Dick Cheney supporting Gay Marriage. Remember, President Obama does not support it. I was confused, the decided to hit the internet to find out if I saw what I really saw, or if somehow I visited opposite world for a few seconds.

From the Huffington Post:

Dick Cheney rarely takes a position that places him at a more progressive tilt than President Obama. But on Monday, the former vice president did just that, saying that he supports gay marriage as long as it is deemed legal by state and not federal government.

Speaking at the National Press Club for the Gerald R. Ford Foundation journalism awards, Cheney was asked about recent rulings and legislative action in Iowa and elsewhere that allowed for gay couples to legally wed.

“I think that freedom means freedom for everyone,” replied the former V.P. “As many of you know, one of my daughters is gay and it is something we have lived with for a long time in our family. I think people ought to be free to enter into any kind of union they wish. Any kind of arrangement they wish. The question of whether or not there ought to be a federal statute to protect this, I don’t support. I do believe that the historically the way marriage has been regulated is at the state level. It has always been a state issue and I think that is the way it ought to be handled, on a state-by-state basis. … But I don’t have any problem with that. People ought to get a shot at that.”

Here is the video:



  1. Mike June 1, 2009 at 7:04 pm #

    But, only for States’ Rights.

    I love States’ Rights.

    Bring back the Stars and Bars…but, only as a broach or cute little pendent…maybe some ear studs.

  2. Lubbock Left June 1, 2009 at 10:42 pm #

    Too bad he didn’t come out with this stance during the 2004 debates when the question was put to him directly… now that he’s politically irrelevant, he can say whatever he wants, I guess.

    I also want to point out that a “states rights” stance on gay rights is not a very progressive stance. “States rights” was the segregationist stance, after all.

    • john June 24, 2009 at 7:42 pm #

      Well said. I can also say, with 100% certainty, that the only reason he is taking this position is because his daughter is gay. These fringe, far right crazies do not sympathize with a group they are not a part of or with whom they do not identify with.

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