In the battle between the Liz and Mary Cheney over the former’s denigration of the latter’s same-sex marriage and attempt to deny her equality, Dick and Lynne Cheney are coming down firmly on Liz’s side of the fight. And they have a weird conception of who is to blame:
Cheney and his wife, Lynne Cheney, released a statement saying Liz has always opposed gay marriage and defending her treatment of her sister, who is openly gay.
“This is an issue we have dealt with privately for many years, and we are pained to see it become public,” the older Cheneys say in a statement.
“Since it has, one thing should be clear. Liz has always believed in the traditional definition of marriage. She has also always treated her sister and her sister’s family with love and respect, exactly as she should have done. Compassion is called for, even when there is disagreement about such a fundamental matter and Liz’s many kindnesses shouldn’t be used to distort her position.”
But no one is distorting her position. The controversy is over the position she is taking. And she is taking that position publicly and for political gain. So why weren’t Dick and Lynne issuing statements about how unfortunate it was that their private family disagreements were made public before Mary and her partner criticized her publicly for it? It’s Liz who decided to denigrate her sister’s equality publicly.