Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), stated that she was wrong to go against gay marriage back then, which, she says, is a stance that broke her family apart.
Cheney, a known critic of former President Donald Trump, reveals to CBS News that she sees her reelection as the most significant House race in America as those who support the former president continue trying to unseat her. She previously voted in favor of impeaching Trump for the role he played in the U.S. Capitol riots back in Jan. 6.
The interview aired last Sunday night, during which the representative said she doesn’t also support President Joe Biden, as she believes he has also embraced many policies that are harmful to the economy and national security, particularly with the U.S. withdrawal in Afghanistan. However, she said, “But the alternative cannot be a man who doesn’t believe in the rule of law, and who violated his oath of office.
In 2013, Cheney split from her family when she opposed gay marriage ahead of her failed bid to get to Senate. Her opposition to the matter caused a rift to appear between her and her sister, Mary, who is a married lesbian. Mary’s significant other, Heather Poe, published a post on Facebook back then, saying Cheney’s position on the matter was offensive and that she thought “freedom meant freedom for EVERYONE.”
In Sunday night’s interview, Cheney mentioned that her stance on going against gay marriage was misguided. In explaining her renewed views, she referenced and channeled the Facebook post of her sister-in-law.
Cheney: “I was wrong.”
The Wyoming congresswoman said: “I was wrong. I was wrong … It’s a very personal issue — and very personal for my family. I believe that my dad was right. And my sister and I have had that conversation … Freedom means freedom for everybody.”
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“I was wrong. I was wrong.” says Rep Liz Cheney about condemning same-sex marriage in 2013, a position that caused a split with her sister Mary, who is married to a woman. Rep Cheney says the sisters are now reconciled. “I love my sister very much.” https://t.co/EwRrkWDcT8 pic.twitter.com/KEdlqibZoJ
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) September 26, 2021
However, the representative has not changed her stance with regards to abortion, “Obamacare,” and gun control as she continues to oppose them.
Following her vote to impeach Trump, the representative was booted out of her post as the chair of the House Republican Conference. Although Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi assigned her to join the nine-person committee tasked with investigating the Jan. 6 riots. In the said group, Cheney served as vice-chair.
In connection to her dislike for Trump, the former president promised to defeat the representative in 2022’s primaries by supporting Harriet Hageman instead. Cheney, looking to nab a fourth term, claims that the authority of the U.S. Constitution is on the line.
She said: “I think it’s going to be the most important House race in the country in 2022. And — and it will be one where people do have the opportunity to say, ‘We want to stand for the Constitution’ … A vote against me in this race, a vote for whomever Donald Trump has endorsed, is a vote for somebody who’s willing to perpetuate the big lie, somebody who’s willing to put allegiance to Trump above allegiance to the Constitution, absolutely.”
The Wyoming representative also slammed House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy for continuing to support Trump even after the Capitol Riots.
Cheney said, “What he’s done is embrace Donald Trump. She added: “And if I were doing what he’s doing, I would be deeply ashamed of myself. I don’t know how you explain that to your children. When you are in a situation where you have somebody who did what Donald Trump did, it is absolutely clear he cannot continue to be somebody you embrace.”