Cheney Reiterates Marriage Support

Timothy Kincaid

June 1st, 2009

Washington Post:

Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Monday he supports gays being able to marry but believes states, not the federal government, should make the decision.

“I think, you know, freedom means freedom for everyone,” Cheney said in a speech at the National Press Club. “I think people ought to be free to enter into any kind of union they wish, any kind of arrangement they wish.”

Update: Here’s the video:


June 1st, 2009

Almost seems crazy that a man can support (or claim to) marriage equality and then turn around and endorse torture.


June 1st, 2009

Well…he’s steps ahead of Obama on this one. Color me shocked.


June 1st, 2009

I’m confused. Should I like Cheney or hate him now?


June 1st, 2009

WHO CARES REALLY…he is an idiot!

but it is obama that im dissapointed in!! where is he on GLBT–in the closet???????

Rick Brentlinger

June 1st, 2009

I am thankful former VP Cheney openly supports our right to gay marriage.

I applaud his willingness to voice his support in public.

POTUS Obama and so many Democrat leaders have openly voiced their opposition to gay marriage yet some gays still support them and “hate” Cheney.

Odd position, that.

As far as Cheney supporting torture, that’s just silly rhetoric.

The “torture” you reference (enhanced interrogation) is not torture, according to Obama’s Attorney General Holder, who in Congressional testimony in the last two weeks, declined to describe enhanced interrogation as torture.

And for the record, Navy SEALS and a good number of other U.S. Military personal are subjected to water boarding as part of their training, which is one of the reasons Attorney General Holder, testifying before Congress, declined to describe it as torture.


June 1st, 2009

Isn’t it disingenuous to say “Freedom means freedom for everyone, unless The State says it doesn’t.”

Something is either a right or a person is free, if The State (or The States) get to decide who has this freedom/right, then a person isn’t free to do as they wish, they are slave to the whim of The State, and they don’t have the right to do something, they have a privilege. If one removes the portability of marriage, which let the states decide this issue for themselves does, then a a person becomes a prisoner to those states that allow it and stops being an American citizen.

When he so cavalierly says “But there should be no federal mandate” what he says is married gays stop being American citizens. This is hardly a commitment to the idea that “Freedom is freedom for everyone”. It’s more honest to say his point is “Freedom means freedom only for those who the majority of the states like.”

Ben in Oakland

June 1st, 2009

““I think people ought to be free to enter into any kind of union they wish, any kind of arrangement they wish.”

HE’s made this statement several times before. Maybe i just have a hard time taking anything the man says at face value, but I don’t see this as supporting marriage equality. It is like what so many anti-gays say: you can do whatever you want, just don’t expect any legal benefits or recognition.

Not the same thing at all.

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