WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming expressed regret in an interview over how she previously opposed same-sex marriage.
For years, the Republican lawmaker was vocally against same-sex marriage despite her younger sister, Mary, being married to a woman.
A family feud even played out in the media regarding the matter, which was fueled by a Fox News interview in which Cheney said, “Listen, I love Mary very much. I love her family very much. This is just an issue in which we disagree.”
The family dynamic surrounding the matter was also portrayed in the film “Vice,” a black comedy-drama about the sisters’ father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, who actually long-defended same-sex marriage.
On Sunday, “60 Minutes” ran an interview with Cheney in which she told Lesley Stahl that she now thinks her previous stance on same-sex marriage “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 my dad was right, and my sister and I have had that conversation,” said Cheney.
Cheney said she believes we need to work against discrimination of all kinds in the U.S.
“We were at an event a few nights ago and there was a young woman who said she doesn’t feel safe sometimes because she’s transgender and nobody should feel unsafe. Freedom means freedom for everybody,” said Cheney.
Cheney’s change of heart coincides with a trend in America. A recent Gallup poll found U.S. support for same-sex marriage has reached a record-high of 70%. And for the first time, a small majority of Republicans support gay marriage as well, at 55%.