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Dick Cheney: Totally Pro Gay Marriage

Dick Cheney is more progressive than Barack Obama . . . at least when it comes to gay marriage. While Obama supports civil unions for gay couples (while keeping marriage between a man and a woman), Cheney is all for states granting gay couples the right to marry. He said today at the National Press Club:

"I think that freedom means freedom for everyone. 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."

Cheney's position offers evidence that when someone is close to a gay person, he will worry less about defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman and more about everyone having equal access to the same institutional and cultural privileges. Even when there's a presidential election to win with the help of anti-gay-marriage ballot initiatives.


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janneth janneth 8 years
This is totally in character for him. It is whatever benefits him personally (Halliburton and the Iraq war, for example).
merie33 merie33 8 years
Spacekatgal I was thinking the exact same thing. It's only because it's an issue that's hitting him directly at home.
polish4lunch polish4lunch 8 years
It's good to see someone like Dick Cheney, who is an asshole, actually say something worth saying. For once...
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
the United STATES were organized and founded in such a way that states get to decide for themselves on many, many issues. its a very Republican thing, its something I politically support, and its how the country's been run for 200+ years. the fact that he supports gay marriage is fantastic and the fact that he supports it at a state level makes 100% sense based on his political alignment
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 8 years
And it only took him 9 years and and the previous pres. being vocally against it.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I agree this is a non-partisan issue. It's about civil rights about a particular minority. Both Democrats and Republicans should support this.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
This doesn't surprise me. I've read quite a few studies that suggest that conservatives actually might be more pro-gay marriage than they're given credit for - but not for the reasons Cheney has stated.'s well and good that he supports it on a state level. But it doesn't make any sense for a union to be considered differently in each state. I'm with Cheney on this [I can't believe I said that, he is so out of touch!] on ONE condition: every state must recognize what the other states consider a marriage union, and grant each couple protection in their state as such. For example, if a same-sex couple gets married and is considered married in California, they should be considered a married couple in a place like Texas, even if Texas doesn't perform/allow same-sex marriages. If you're going to say something like that, you have to follow through.
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
Anonymous, I was thinking the exact same thing. I have to say that I hope the intent behind his words is genuine. But, I also thought I was having a stroke when it seemed that Dick Cheney and I a might potentially agree on an issue! :faint:
Phil Phil 8 years
BTW I wonder what Rush Limbaugh has to say about this, since they seem to be BFFz
Lukin Lukin 8 years
Cheney and I agree on something? Has hell frozen over?! Just kidding. But as a prominent conservative and political figure in general , I really hope his statement helps both Republicans and Democrats who don't support gay rights rethink their position. Something like this should not be a political issue, but rather common sense.
floppyfish1986 floppyfish1986 8 years
I find it funny that he says this after he's out of office and the Republican are failing at keep American on their side.
Phil Phil 8 years
Cheers to Dick Cheney on the issue of gay marriage, and boo to Obama.
GKitty GKitty 8 years
(this)...should be HIS! See what happens when you think evil thoughts!!
GKitty GKitty 8 years
This daughter is gay...
Chouette4u Chouette4u 8 years
But OMG Dick Cheney is such a monster! And Republicans hate gays! How can this beeeeeee???? ;)
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