Speaking at the National Press Club for the Gerald R. Ford Foundation journalism awards, former Republican Vice President Dick Cheney cast his support for gay marriage when questioned about the recent rulings.
"I think that freedom means freedom for everyone. As many of you know, one of my daughters is gay and it is something we have lived with for a long time in our family. I think people ought to be free to enter into any kind of union they wish. Any kind of arrangement they wish. The question of whether or not there ought to be a federal statute to protect this, I don't support. I do believe that the historically the way marriage has been regulated is at the state level. It has always been a state issue and I think that is the way it ought to be handled, on a state-by-state basis. … But I don't have any problem with that. People ought to get a shot at that."
Which is great and all, especially since Obama has pretty much left us high and dry, but where was Cheney's progressively moved heart when he could have actually made a difference?
Additionally, this isn't strictly about marriage laws, this is about civil rights, and that should be a federal concern.
But, good on Cheney for speaking out!
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