By Tim Peacock
A couple of weeks ago a feud between two famous conservative sisters erupted as Mary Cheney announced she could not support her sister Liz Cheney's congressional bid based on Liz's anti-gay stances. The dispute began when Liz Cheney spoke on Fox News Sunday and argued that she believed in the "traditional definition of marriage" when confronted over her marriage equality beliefs. Speaking out against that notion, Mary's wife Heather Poe took to Facebook to denounce that message saying, "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."
Mary Cheney stood by her wife's remarks stating, "Couldn't have said it better myself. Liz - this isn't just an issue on which we disagree - you're just wrong - and on the wrong side of history."
After the remarks lead to Mary's very-public-announcement that she could not support her sister's candidacy, conservative media latched onto the story, demonized Mary Cheney, and everyone seemed to move on - that is, until their father stepped in and gave his opinion.
In an interview Tuesday night, former Vice President Dick Cheney expressed regret that his daughter would speak out against her sister's beliefs publicly. “It’s a difficult thing for a family to deal with,” Dick Cheney said at the National Press Club. He added that he and his wife “were surprised when there was an attack launched against Liz on Facebook and wished it hadn't happened.”
I'm guessing that Mary Cheney wished her sister hadn't denigrated her family, too.
“We've lived with this situation and lived with for many years and it’s always been dealt with in the context of the family,” he went on to say in his interview.
Portraying his daughter's family as a "situation" speaks volumes and basically sums up everything you need to know on his feelings about LGBT marriage equality and the side he's chosen to taken in his daughters' dispute.