Consultant Liz Cheney, Republican of Wyoming, stated in an interview on CBS’s “60 Minutes” on Sunday night time that she was “incorrect” to oppose same-sex marriage, reversing a longstanding place.
“I used to be incorrect,” Ms. Cheney stated. “I used to be incorrect.”
Ms. Cheney famously got here out towards same-sex marriage in a tv interview in 2013, whereas working for Senate in Wyoming, saying she believed “within the conventional definition of marriage.” Mary Cheney, her sister who’s homosexual and married with kids, wrote on-line on the time that Liz was “on the incorrect facet of historical past.”
The difficulty sparked a public rift inside the close-knit and high-profile political household. Dick Cheney, the previous vp and Ms. Cheney’s father, turned an unlikely advocate for homosexual rights when he acknowledged in 2004 that he supported Mary, and that “freedom means freedom for everybody.”
On Sunday night time, Liz Cheney stated her father had been proper the entire time. “I like my sister very a lot,” she stated. “I like her household very a lot and I used to be incorrect. It’s a really private difficulty, very private for my household. I imagine my dad was proper and my sister and I’ve had that dialog.”
She added, “This is a matter that we have now to acknowledge as human beings that we have to work towards discrimination of every kind in our nation, in our state.” And he or she reiterated her father’s well-known line: “Freedom means freedom for everybody.”
Ms. Cheney’s reversal on the problem could also be extra indicative of the nation’s evolution on same-sex marriage than any political transformation of her personal. Help for same-sex marriage has reached a document excessive of 70 p.c, according to a Gallup poll conducted last June. Amongst Republicans, assist for same-sex marriage was at 55 p.c.
Ms. Cheney, who voted to question President Donald J. Trump and who was ousted by Republicans in May from her leadership post, has develop into an unlikely determine of the “resistance.” She has not dominated out a long-shot primary bid against Mr. Trump in 2024 if he decides to run once more.
As vice chairwoman of the choose committee investigating the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol, one of only two Republicans on the panel, she has continued to be a vocal critic of Mr. Trump’s lies concerning the 2020 election.
However in her “60 Minutes” interview, she made it clear that assist for same-sex marriage was not half of a bigger softening of her conservative stances on many points.
She reaffirmed that she was anti-abortion and supported gun rights. She insisted waterboarding was “not torture.” She stated she didn’t remorse voting to repeal the Reasonably priced Care Act, and she or he proudly acknowledged that she voted for Mr. Trump’s agenda greater than 90 p.c of the time.
Homosexual rights advocates stated they considered Ms. Cheney’s reversal as one thing extra private than political, noting that her unique stance was extra stunning than the reversal. “I feel it’s laborious to carry hate towards your individual sister,” Christine Quinn, the previous speaker of the New York Metropolis Council, who’s homosexual, stated of Ms. Cheney’s reversal. “We’ve at all times stated that realizing somebody personally who’s L.G.B.T.+ is the important thing to altering folks’s minds and figuring out new allies.”
Ms. Quinn added: “All of us discovered this 12 months that point collectively is just not a given.”