In this Feb. 18, 2010, Liz Cheney, board member, Keep America Safe, addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), in Washington.

Liz Cheney is "not pro-gay marriage" but believes in "freedom for everybody"

Cheney stakes a confusing position on marriage equality

Katie McDonough
August 30, 2013 11:43PM (UTC)

Someone in Wyoming is circulating a terrible rumor that Liz Cheney, who is currently running for Senate, supports things like women's reproductive rights and marriage equality.

She released a statement on Friday to set the record straight. "I am strongly pro-life and I am not pro-gay marriage," she said. “I believe the issue of marriage must be decided by the states, and by the people in the states, not by judges and not even by legislators, but by the people themselves."


In 2009, Cheney seemed a little more nuanced about her personal views on marriage equality, saying on MSNBC, "My family has been very clear about this, that we think freedom means freedom for everybody." She did maintain, however, that it's an issue she believes should be decided by the states.

Cheney's sister, Mary, is gay and married with two young children.

Liz Cheney is the only member of her immediate family to oppose marriage equality.

Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at

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