Liz Cheney tells ’60 Minutes’ that ‘I was wrong’ to oppose gay marriage in past

Written by on September 26, 2021

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WASHINGTON – Rep. Liz Cheney informed CBS’ 60 Minutes she was “improper” to oppose same-sex marriage when her objection to it brought on a public break up along with her household, together with her sister, Mary, and her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney.

Requested by reporter Lesley Stahl in regards to the problem throughout an interview that aired Sunday, the Wyoming Republican mentioned her considering has modified on the topic.

“I used to be improper. I used to be improper. I really like my sister very a lot. I love her household very a lot,” she informed Stahl. “It is a very private problem, and really private for my household. I imagine that my dad was proper. And my sister and I’ve had that dialog.”

Liz Cheney famously broke along with her household in 2013 by opposing homosexual marriage forward of a failed Senate bid. Her objections brought on a rift along with her sister, Mary, a married lesbian. Mary’s partner, Heather Poe, posted on Fb that yr that Cheney’s place was offensive and that “I at all times thought freedom meant freedom for EVERYONE.”

“This is a matter that now we have to acknowledge you already know, as human beings that we have to work in opposition to discrimination of every kind in our nation, in our state,” Cheney informed 60 Minutes. “We had been at an occasion just a few nights in the past and, and there was a younger lady who mentioned she doesn’t really feel secure typically as a result of she’s transgender. And no one ought to really feel unsafe. Freedom means freedom for everyone.”

Cheney is operating for a fourth time period in Wyoming in 2022. However her fervent opposition to former President Donald Trump, who nonetheless wields nice affect within the Cowboy State, has made prospects of reelection an uphill climb.

Cheney is vice chairman of a committee assembled by Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif,. which is investigating Trump’s function within the Jan. 6 assault by a whole bunch of his supporters in opposition to the Capitol whereas Congress was certifying Joe Biden’s win within the presidential election.

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Within the interview, Cheney criticized Biden’s “actually disastrous insurance policies” involving the economic system and nationwide safety. “However the different can’t be a person who would not imagine within the rule of legislation, and who violated his oath of workplace,” Cheney mentioned.

She referred to as Home Republican Chief Kevin McCarthy’s determination to courtroom Trump following the riot “unforgiveable.” and mentioned quite a lot of Republicans on Capitol Hill have informed her privately they assist her standing as much as the previous president.

“I imply, in the event that they actually suppose what you are doing is correct, and so they admire it and so they encourage it, and so they will not do it, what’s that?,” Stahl requested her.

“The argument that you just typically hear is that if you happen to do one thing that’s perceived as in opposition to Trump that you just’ll put your self in political peril,” she answered. “And that’s a self-fulfilling prophesy as a result of if Republican leaders don’t rise up and condemn what occurred then the voices within the occasion which can be so harmful will solely get louder and stronger.”

Trump has vowed to defeat Cheney in subsequent yr’s major election by backing Republican Harriet Hageman, an lawyer. Cheney mentioned nothing lower than the authority of the Structure is at stake.

“I feel it will be crucial Home race within the nation in 2022. And it is going to be one the place folks do have the chance to say, ‘We need to stand for the Structure,'” she mentioned. “A vote in opposition to me on this race, a vote for whomever Donald Trump has endorsed, is a vote for someone who’s prepared to perpetuate the massive lie, someone who’s prepared to place allegiance to Trump above allegiance to the Structure, completely.”

Contributing: The Related Press.

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