Liz Cheney: 'I Was Wrong' In Opposing Gay Marriage In Past

The Republican congresswoman, whose sister is married to a woman, said her previous views were 'misguided.'

9/27/2021 3:20:00 AM

The Republican congresswoman, whose sister is married to a woman, said her previous views were 'misguided.'

The Republican congresswoman, whose sister is married to a woman, said her previous views were 'misguided.'

Cheney, R-Wyo., a fierce critic of fellow RepublicanDonald Trump, also tells CBS News’ “60 Minutes” that she views her reelection campaign as the most important House race in the nation as forces aligned with the former president try to unseat her. She voted to impeach Trump over his role in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

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In the interview aired Sunday night, Cheney said she had little affection for PresidentJoe Biden, who she believes has embraced harmful polices for the economy and national security with the Afghanistan withdrawal. “But the alternative cannot be a man who doesn’t believe in the rule of law, and who violated his oath of office,” Cheney said.

The daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney was an ascendant Republican leader before the Jan. 6 riot, yet she is increasingly defined by her public opposition to Trump and his hold on the GOP. Cheney, 55, noted that she still talks with her father every night and that they share the same views on rejecting Trump.

Liz Cheney famously broke with her family in 2013 by opposing gay marriage ahead of a failed Senate bid. Her objections caused a rift with her sister, Mary, a married lesbian. Mary’s spouse, Heather Poe, posted on Facebook that year that Cheney’s position was offensive and that “I always thought freedom meant freedom for EVERYONE.”

In the interview, Cheney said her opposition to gay marriage was misguided and she channeled her sister-in-law’s Facebook post in explaining why she changed her position.“I was wrong. I was wrong,” she said. “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.”

While still opposed to gun control, abortion and the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” the Wyoming congresswoman finds herself on the outs for voting to impeach Trump after his Jan. 6 rally preceded a mob storming the Capitol in hopes of overturning his reelection loss to Biden. Trump continues to falsely claim election fraud in spite of results being certified by states and Republican election officials and courts rejecting dozens of legal challenges.

After voting to impeach Trump, Cheney lost her leadership post as chair of the House Republican Conference. Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi put her on a nine-person committee to investigate the Jan. 6 assault and she serves as vice chair.Trump has vowed to defeat Cheney in next year’s primary election by backing Republican Harriet Hageman, an attorney. Cheney, seeking a fourth term, said nothing less than the authority of the Constitution is at stake.

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“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,’” Cheney said. “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 congresswoman criticized House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy of California for sticking with Trump after the assault on the Capitol.“What he’s done is embrace Donald Trump,” she said. “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.”

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Aren’t most of your statements outrageous It must be election time Sadly, this is so symbolic of the Right’s view point on so many issues: it’s never an issue until it becomes personal. They have no empathy for other people, they just care about themselves and those close to them. Once again this proves how selfish and gross these conservative law makers are. They could care less about civil rights unless it personally impacts them. I wish someone would brainwash these people into being compassionate and humane instead of angry and hateful.

Liz is evolving into a real leader. Many may not agree with her conservatism it is refreshing to hear any politician admit anything. Perhaps her greatest contribution to the nation is showing courage and principles. 99% of her party now belongs to the Cult and has none of either. The whole fucking family is ' misguided'.

Too little, too late. Im glad you hate Trump, bit that doesnt make me like you dislike you any less. I have a long memory and I remember. Misguided? Nasty, self serving and hurtful. Yup, she is definitely a Cheney. She is gonna lose isn't she? Well hallelujah👍👍👍

Liz Cheney: `I was wrong' in opposing gay marriage in pastWASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Liz Cheney says she was wrong to oppose gay marriage in the past, a stand that once split her family. Cheney, R-Wyo., a fierce critic of fellow Republican Donald Trump, also tells CBS News' “60 Minutes” that she views her reelection campaign as the most important House race in the nation as forces aligned with the former president try to unseat her. The Wyoming congresswoman also discussed how she finds herself at odds with many GOP colleagues after she voted to impeach then-President Donald Trump following his Jan. 6 rally, and the deadly Capitol riot that followed. Her political time is numbered thank god! Everyone including pregnant women?

Her previous views weren’t misguided, they were unfortunately aligned to GOP views. When the Republican Party stopped having her back is when she decided to have another think to suit. Had to hit home to relate. Many would die first before admitting how wrong all their ideologies are. We all are guilty of judgement,criticism & condemnation,which has no bearing on Divine Power's laws,nor can we deny right/wrong. We judge others,not knowing what lies ahead for us,God's love for us,He accommadates all His souls. Holocaust was mocked,to day we face holocaust c/c

Her previous views were misguided and her current policy ideas fall in the same category. Yeah. So much for that 'blood is thicker than water' stuff. Liz actually went against her sister because of the latter's sexuality. Then, political expediency and right-wing point-scoring was thickened the congresswoman's blood.

This is strategic to get democrats to vote for her on top of the few Republicans, so she can beat the Trump supported nominee. Yeah, sure Whatever our views may be, we have to realize other people's views will be different. That is life. I'm glad she apologized. Let's just wait and see if her actions follow her words.

And where is she on this if her sister isn’t gay?

Liz Cheney: 'I Was Wrong' In Opposing Gay Marriage In PastThe Republican congresswoman, whose sister is married to a woman, said her previous views were 'misguided.'

She has evolved. Good for her. Often it takes a close relative to wake you up. No. You’re right. It’s just that moralities have changed. She is now correct. It's sad that conservatives need to be personally impacted to care about things and other people. She’s trolling for votes. Daddy’s clout has waned.

No they weren't! Stop apologizing to the crazy left! No shit. Hypocrites, sick of evil politics Because now she feels personally responsible. It is important for Republicans to be against gay 'marriage' as we need differences represented. Conservatives must fight to overturn Obergefell.

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It wasn't misguided. It was disgusting and cynical as hell. She knew throwing LGBTQ people like her sister under the bus would help her get elected. She knew what she was doing was wrong, but she wanted the votes. Now she's all, 'Oops!' She's awful. I think Liz Cheney will turn most Democrats into independent! Liz Cheney is needed in Congress.

From every mountainside, let freedom ring. Read more at It is rather refreshing to have any politician say “Hey, I was wrong.”, about anything. Good for her. Never to late for growth. I wonder who misguided you? Hmm? Could’ve it been phony ass “religion”? High p I actually respect anyone particularly those from Conservative Parties that are willing to admit they were wrong and learn from experience. Her voters have not become more progressive and this won’t help her as a Republican Candidate, yet she’s said it.

Actually, a lot of your positions are misguided. The damage done to people can’t be undone …

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You are wrong about anything that comes out of your mouth! 1K apologies Ms Cheney. I admire your courage and your love of country immensely. Silly name mistake today...1KX🙏✌ It doesn’t matter if she personally apologizes for it she still supports the Republicans voting against them. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 It takes courage to take a position. We should learn to be ready to manage consequences at all times.

Until it happens to you. Typical Republican. I have relatives that are gay and married. Doesn’t mean that man’s law is above God’s law She should restate her position (more truthfully)… It was politically more favorable to vote against gay marriage, but now I can since it’s in vogue and I don’t have to follow the GOP position.

Liz Cheney should switch Political Party, and run for her seat in Congress as a Democrat. You can be conservative and a Democrat at the same time. Isn't it always amusing that CONservatives, certainly of a certain hue only know something is an issue when it affects them personally. 🤔 Can't wait for someone in her family marries someone black for her to understand racism is a thing

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Better late than never. I still hate that entire family. One must hope that her epiphany is real. It takes courage! Isn't that so the conservative way though? Only caring about something when it effects them personally. Another McCain 🙄. Only when THEY are faced with the situation they can empathize - never before. This is the kind of inherent selfishness and judgemental attitude that I can't stand that so many republicans have. I would never trust anyone with such a lack of empathy!

“A wise man changes but a fool never changes.' - Muhammad Ali. Changing your view shows growth, maturity and wisdom. Evolved. Is this a campaign ploy? “Misguided” is a strange way to say “homophobic” You can’t put lipstick on that hateful 🐷 Liz_Cheney NicolleDWallace morningmika PamelaBrownCNN JoyVBehar SRuhle EleanorClift GayleKing ananavarro JoyAnnReid maddow kasie Yamiche BetteMidler TheView WhoopiGoldberg IAMQUEENLATIFAH Nativeesoul MariaTeresa NancySinatra Janefonda KatyTurNBC GeorgeTakei PBS

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