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Liz Cheney hit by sister for opposing gay marriage. Will that matter in Wyoming?

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(Read caption) Vice President Dick Cheney's daughters Liz, left, in pink coat holding handrail, and Mary, arrive for the swearing-in of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney at the inauguration ceremony at the US Capitol in 2005.

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Wyoming Senate candidate Liz Cheney on Sunday was sharply condemned for her opposition to gay marriage by her own sister, Mary Cheney.

Mary Cheney is gay. She and wife Heather Poe are raising two children.

“Liz – this isn’t just an issue on which we disagree – you’re just wrong – and on the wrong side of history,” wrote Mary Cheney on her Facebook page.

This intra-family spat was sparked by a comment that older sister Liz, who’s running for the GOP Senate nomination against incumbent Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi, made earlier in the day on “Fox News Sunday”.

Asked by host Chris Wallace if she’d flip-flopped on gay rights, Liz Cheney said she hadn’t. While she supports equal benefits for same-sex partnerships, she thinks it’s an issue best left to states to decide.

“I do believe in the traditional issue of marriage,” she said.

This is what did not sit well with little sister Mary and Mary’s spouse Heather Poe, whose own Facebook comments were direct and personal.

“Liz has been a guest in our home, has spent time and shared holidays with our children, and when Mary and I got married in 2012 – she didn’t hesitate to tell us how happy she was for us,” wrote Poe. “To have her now say she doesn’t support our right to marry is offensive to say the least”.


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