The Cheney family argument that has awkwardly gone public has Mary Cheney now being called an "intolerant lesbian bigot" on right-wing radio.
Trouble started when sister Liz Cheney decided to run in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate from Wyoming, then got attacked in ads accusing her of not being antigay enough. Liz Cheney quickly issued a statement saying she's "not pro-gay marriage," then she went on Fox News this weekend and said even though her sister Mary Cheney is married to a woman and they have children together, and "I love her family very much," claimed ,“This is just an issue on which we disagree.”
Heather Poe, who is Liz Cheney's sister-in-law, made a post on Facebook expressing her disappointment. It was shared quickly by Mary Cheney, as well.
I was watching my sister-in-law on Fox News Sunday (yes Liz, in fifteen states and the District of Columbia you are my sister-in-law) and was very disappointed to hear her say "I do believe in the traditional definition of marriage."
Liz has been a guest in our home, has spent time and shared holidays with our children, and when Mary and I got married in 2012 — she didn't hesitate to tell us how happy she was for us.
To have her now say she doesn't support our right to marry is offensive to say the least
I can't help but wonder how Liz would feel if as she moved from state to state, she discovered that her family was protected in one but not the other.
I always thought freedom meant freedom for EVERYONE.
Eventually father Dick Cheney, who has lobbied for marriage equality, interjected to defend Liz Cheney from seeming to say one thing in private and another in public. He assured Wyoming voters that "Liz has always believed in the traditional definition of marriage."
In the end, Mary Cheney and her family have become a political issue in Wyoming, as evidenced by new comments from Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association — the group that helped kick off Rick Perry's campaign for president with a big prayer session in Texas.
"Who is the one who is being intolerant here?" asked Fischer on his radio program this week. "Who is the one that's being a bigot? Who is the one who that's saying you've got to agree with me or I'm going to disown you? Who is the one that's saying you've got to agree with me or I'm not going to be in relationship with you? It's not the Christian. It's not the heterosexual. It's not the one who believes in man-woman marriage. It is the intolerant lesbian bigot that is doing that."
And so there was no confusion, he made sure Liz Cheney isn't confused as the bigot. "It's very clear here that Liz Cheney is not the intolerant bigot," he said in the video posted by Right Wing Watch. "It is Liz Cheney's sister who is, in fact, the intolerant bigot."
Watch the attack below: