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Former Vice-President Cheney Supports Gay Marriage!

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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.

Cheney said:

"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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96 comments to “Former Vice-President Cheney Supports Gay Marriage!”

  1. 1

    Of course he does, his own daughter is gay. Don't you remember he tried to hide that fact, and when it got out, he quickly uh, embraced it?

  2. 2

    Cheney's insincere dumb ass… …check his record. He'll stop at nothing to one-up O. He's obsessed! …a GOP embarrassment. …and you're BEYOND naive.

  3. 3

    Yes, Cheney is for torture and gay rights. Is there anything this man isn't for?

  4. 4

    Gay rights has nothing to do with Civil rights. When were gays ever treated as slaves?

  5. 5

    I'm glad you posted this. It will be fun to watch the LIBTARDS go nuts!

  6. 6

    Obama is a little busy trying to fix the ECONOMY Perez.

  7. 7

    well then where in the hell was this comment during his 8 years in VP office. too late, big turd

  8. 8

    Mario get a clue are you really that stupid…

  9. 9

    Perez your one dumb fool! Hello this is a fuckin republican who is only tryin to make Obama look bad. Any of you are fuckin stupid for following any of this bullshit. I guess hes tryin to secure the republican rule in the next four years, fuckin douche!!

  10. 10

    That's only because his daughter is a dyke!

  11. 11

    For once I agree with the dude.

  12. 12

    OMG Perez! Seriously? You believe Cheney? He was comatose during Bush's tenure in office and now the idiot is saying more than he did during those horrible 8 years. Please don't me it isn't so…you really don't believe what he is saying…

  13. buck says – reply to this


    Obama and the democrats are so out of touch

  14. 14


  15. 15

    Obama's busy with the economy. Besides, do you forget that Obama said during the campaign he's not for Gay Marriage?!

  16. epic says – reply to this


    "It has always been a state issue" is he wrong or am i?

  17. 17

    Note to all you foaming-at-the-mouth liberals… quite a few Republicans and conservatives support gay marriage. This one voted No on 8 in Cali. Anyone who insists on characterizing us all the same is myopic beyond words.

  18. 18

    LOL. Your a dumbfuck if your really think Dick Cheney and the rest of republidicks give a fuck about gay people. They were in the White House for 8 years and did jackshit. Obama's been there for less then a year. I hope he doesn't do anything for gays either. You all need to shut the fuck up and stop complaining. He has better fucking things to do like worry about the economy and people's jobs…and O' yeah RUNNING THE FUCKING COUNTRY, YOU ASSWIPE.

  19. 19

    Cheney is a hypocritical, creepy manipulator that cannot shut his mouth.
    His main purpose right now is lame attempts at establishing his legacy.
    He will make any comment that undermines the current adminstration.
    If Cheney had noble intentions for the rights of same-sex people,
    he would have done more when he had the power to do so.

  20. 20

    Perez it amazes me how little you know about the political system. Vice Presidents don't have power or really any political influence. The only time they have power is in the Senate and thats only if it's a tie.

  21. 21

    Idiot you know O never supported gay marriage, fag.

  22. 22

    omg i cant believe it good for him at least his talking about the matter not like obama

  23. 23

    I tried to tell you about this, Mario. It seems you are biased against Republicans. McCain also is in favor of gay marriage and was the only presidential canidate ever to have an openly gay member of his staff. On the other hand, Obama says gay marriage goes against "his christian beliefs." Notice he said HIS christian beleifs. Another control freak trying to impose his beliefs upon others. So much for your fake messiah.

  24. 24

    God bless Dick Cheney.

  25. 25

    i'm a big fan of this site, but there are times when it's very clear that the writers are incredibly dense. of course cheney is saying that he's pro-gay marriage, the GOP is desperately trying at ANY cost to make the current administration look bad, and since he can see that the gay community is upset with obama's silence on the issue he is of course going to speak out. where was this when he was in office? i'm not sure if you remember him speaking out against gay rights, but some of us who actually care about politics and not just gay ones remember that.

  26. 26

    You rock Cheney. I don't care what anyone says about you, you are a million times better and smarter than Obama could ever dream of!!!! Of course liberals will not give you credit. they will spin it like they always do. But who cares about what those lying ignorant hypocrites think anyway. Can I sit on your lap? :)

  27. merka says – reply to this


    No wonder his mother named him DICK

  28. 28

    Dah…..Vice President Cheney HAS ALWAYS SUPPORTED GAY MARRIAGE……
    Where have you been this is old news..?
    never mind, you've been under a rock…LMAO

  29. 29

    Yes, it's very good that Cheney supports gay marriage… however, I wouldn't jump to congratulate him so quickly (especially while dissing Obama). While I completely believe in gay marriage, and equal civil rights for every union (and feel very strongly for it), the way Cheney manipulated our participation and involvement in a completely pointless war that has killed thousands of people, and has blatantly lied to not just us, but nations across the world just to save his own ass is absolutely unforgivable. While I admire this belief, in no way does this make him a better person.

  30. 30

    youtube Cheney refusing to answer the gay question while in office, Mario, you are a joke if you believe him

  31. 31

    perez you dick wad…Straight marriage has always been a state to state issue…not a federal issue. Get your facts straight.

  32. 32

    gay marriage rights are NOT civil rights. Nowhere is it written "the right to get married". However, I do believe there should be some leagal protection for gay couples, as well as unmarried-cohabitating-straight couples. We need to figure out what those protections should be, and get them in place in every state!

  33. 33

    Re: MissPants – COme on..Perez still thinks Miss California has power! LOL

  34. 34

    But if it is not recognized at a Federal level, they don't get THOUSANDS of Federal benefits. Plus, interstate commerce is Federal jurisdiction, and regulation of things like health insurance (and getting your partner on your plan) can cross state lines, making Federal law very important. And historically, the Supreme Court had to rule on interracial marriage (Loving V. Virginia). The Supreme Court said "marriage is a funadmental civil right" and that it violates the 14th Amendment of the Constitution to deny citizens this right.

  35. 35

    Re: Debaucherina – Obama said it goes against "his beliefs" because just because it might go against your personal beliefs doesn't mean that your personal beliefs should become policy. What is practiced in your home, doesn't have to be forced on millions of people. Obama has shown his view of the law is secular and pragmatic.

  36. 36

    Re: chandler02 – Thank you and well said…I wasn't going to be quite as nice in my answer LOL

  37. 37

    That is fine that Cheney is saying this now…hell, maybe some of the crazy right wingers will actually start believing that gay marriage is actually ok, but come on. I am sorry, but I think the Gay Marriage issue is just a bit down on Obama's list at the moment. No offense, but let's be realistic, folks! Do you honestly think that the next GOP nominee is going to support gay marriage? What outwordly gay loving politician is out there what will take your issue to the top of any other issue when they are elected? Really, please answer this. I completely support gay marriage, and think it would be good for the economy, but you have GOT to be a little realistic here! Besides, it has been 4 months…give the guy a chance!!!

  38. 38

    this man is a torturer, a war criminal, ruined this country's economy…but as long as he says he supports gay rights then its all good. Geez, you're a dumb homo, Perez.

    And keep bashing the first openly supportive President of gay civil rights. Everything is falling into place state by state. Obama may even be working policy out to help the LBGT, but it isn't the first and foremost item on his agenda, plus the man doesn't rush shit through because of a bunch of whining homos like you, Perez.

  39. 39

    psh, this is the man who fucked us over completely…he doesn't mean shit…now that he has no influence on the country he can say whatever he wants…he didn't say anything like that while in office where he could actually do something…

  40. 40

    Cheney needs to back to his hole

  41. CaraC says – reply to this


    Cheney was for protecting us from terrorism and now he's come out for gay marriage. He respects freedom and is for limited government. Cheney for president!
    As for why he couldn't do this before, he was vice president, not president. His job was to support Bush's policies.
    Cheney has been maligned non-stop for eight years by the mainstream media, which is nothing more than an arm of the Democratic party. He kept his mouth shut most of the time because Bush believed in rising above the attacks and letting words speak louder than actions.
    The problem is the Left uses Saul Alinsky-style tactics these days: vicious attacks, lies, and smears. Dick Cheney is fighting back and speaking up at last. It's a shame he wasn't able to do so earlier.

  42. 42

    The beat of his statement is that he's so conservative he's actually liberal.

  43. 43

    I agree! Seems like we have a pronlem with same sex marriage and we are using religion and morals as an excuse but how many "arranged marriages and underaged marriages" have been legalized. So who gets to judge what is moral in those cases that are based on "Religious Beliefs"!!!!

  44. 44

    I'm for gay marriage too, but other than that, does this tool think he is President? He needs to shut his lying flappers.

  45. 45

    Re: chandler02 – How is gay marriage "forced upon millions?" If you are against gay marriage, then DONT MARRY SOMEONE GAY. Stop trying to impose your beliefs upon other. Another control freak.

  46. Heidi says – reply to this


    Please do not give this guy ANY CREDIT for this statement. He didn't give a SHIT when he was in office and the ONLY reason why he would approve is because it PERSONALLY AFFECTS his family. I guarantee you he would NOT approve if he did not have a lesbian daughter. And please stop bashing on Obama. You are becoming a complete waste of space, Perez. You flip-flop more than anyone ever has. Go eat another twinkie and STFU!

  47. 47

    Wow….damned if you do …..damned if you don't. Liberals hate the right so much! He has a point about gay marriage being historically decided by the states. I support gay rights, but I have such a hard time with they way the gay mafia is going about it. I support all American's rights, but I believe the gay mafia is out to destroy a religion. They are unable to meet halfway and to call it a civil union, but with equal rights as marriage. I personally think wife and wife or husband and husband sounds silly!

  48. 48

    Totally wrong title for this comment. To a person who understands legal terms and legal ideology, Cheney is saying he is cool with the way things are. The biggest indicator is that Cheney says gay marriage is a state issue; leaving this issue to state legislatures is how exactly how California got in this position with Prop 8. Don't you see how he's skirting around his opinion that "marriage" should only include heterosexual relationships??? Read the passage as a whole; do not read only the words you want to read!

  49. 49

    I am sorry to say Perez, but he does not actually support gay rights. He is only doing this because the conservatives right now are not doing to well when it comes to politics, so he wants to act like he is for gays, WHICH HE IS NOT!!! HE IS NOT FOR GAYS, MINORITIES OR WOMEN!!! AS A MATTER OF FACT, HE WISHES THAT IT WAS 1878 SO HE CAN OWN SOME SLAVES AND HAVE A HUGE PLANTATION!! This whole "conservatives accept gays" is a stinking LIE!

  50. 50

    Re: italianguy1 – Whooo…Hottie.

  51. 51

    Re: The DOUCHEess – I can be on top in bed too. Lol.

  52. 52

    uh he's not in office you dumbass!! why the hell would you fall for this, and remember how he feels about gays in the military, considering O thinks it would be okay for them to serve openly is a plus the community so shut the hell up and take it one step at a time!!

  53. 53

    Re: demos987 – Yah, isnt that funny. NONE OF THIS was accepted or mentioned when Bush was in office. All of a sudden you support gay marriage? This is just a way for him to make his political party look a lot better than what they really are! FUCK THAT!

  54. 54

    okay hellooo he is saying it should be up to the states. So he obviously couldn't have done anything about it in office since he is against a federal mandate.

  55. 55

    Why do people just assume that ALL Republicans are anti-gay? I, for one, am totally in support of gay marriage. I always have been. What really amazes me is that Perez actually thinks the Vice President has any sort of power. The VP position is, as John Adams once said, the most useless position in the entire government. The only thing the VP can do is cast a deciding vote in the Senate in case of a 50/50 tie. Period.

  56. 56


  57. 57

    I trust this evil bastard as far as I can throw him. There has to be an some ulterior motive behind his words.

  58. 58

    right, perez. this asshole drops bombs on innocent people. tortures and doesnt give a flip about poor people. he is just saying this to start a culture war and make obama look bad.


    I prefer HUMAN rights over gay rights ,,,, really ,,,, if you're gonna support someone you should know all about them. This is getting out of control, perez … you made your point over and over again … let it go!

  59. 59

    if his daughter wasn't gay he probably wouldn't say that

  60. 60

    Marriage, in any form, has always been a state regulated issue. The federal govt is only there to recognize it. And that's really all there is too it. The feds don't belong in the discussion really as they always defer to the state laws anyway. The civil right arguement is patchy as regular marriage is not one either, technically at least, it's just accepted custom recoginzed by law, however if denied it would likely become one. It would be easier to argue for civil unions first as they are only concerned with legality and not custom by way of religion. Sometimes you have to take smaller steps before you leap. Patience.

  61. 61

    Cheney's been on record supporting gay marriage for at least 6 years. I hate the a-hole, but on this subject he has been consistent. For awhile, this was the only issue Bush and Cheney publicly disagreed on.

  62. 62

    Thought I believe in the importance of gay rights…the president has had his hands a bit full from the get-go…let's give him just a bit more time– :)

  63. 63

    Re: am310798 – I sooooo agree with you. A lot of people are unaware how the system goes, so they fall for this stupid shit that is coming out of this man's mouth. Everyone wants to blame Obama, like he has a fucking wand and can just change shit that was done before he came into office. PEOPLE DO NOT UNDERSTAND THAT THE STATES HAVE AUTHORITY OVER SAME SEX MARRIAGE, AND THAT IS WHY EVERYONE HATES CALIFORNIA. PLEASE REMEMBER, EVERYONE, THAT EVERY STATE HAS THE POWER TO SAY WHETHER OR NOT THEY WANT GAYS TO MARRY IN THEIR STATE. SINCE PEREZ IS SUCH A FUCKING DUMB ASS AND IS FALLING FOR THE DUMB SHIT, WHY DON'T YOU VOTE FOR PALIN IN 2012 AND SEE HOW QUICKLY THE GAY AND LESBIAN COMMUNITY WILL BE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST MORE!!!!

  64. 64

    Re: goldenboy24 – Honey, if ya know the games…

  65. 65

    When he could've made a difference he was campaigning on the "No Gay Marriage" position & keeping his Lesbian daughter a secret.

  66. 66

    Cheney and 'good' don't belong in the same sentence.

  67. 67


  68. 68

    wow wasn't he AGAINST gay marriage when he was in office. See, Perez, people LIE when it's convenient for them

  69. 69

    Cheney only said that shit because his daughter is a disgusting lesbian who will burn in hell for all eternity. It's riduculous for him to say that peole ought to be able to marry anyone they want. You can't marry a close relative and you can't marry someone who is already married to someone else. These are governmet laws to protect society. Government needs to prevent same sex couples from marrying for the good of the children, the good of the family and the good of society. It's the govenment's responsibility to keep marriage for one man and one woman only and anyone who doesn't agree with this will also burn in hell for all eternity.

  70. 70

    Also, for eight years we barely heard a peep out of this guy but lately he is all over the place saying shit about Obama. Fuck you Cheney!

  71. 71

    He's still a dirty murdering cocksucker that took this country lower than the gutter,, put us ALL at risk and is STILL DOING SO. Add to that his anti-American hits on Obama when we all need to be supporting our president. He can be for gay marriage all he wants. But he ain't no humanitarian. He's a PIG and should be jailed for his fucking sins against humans and America. I say waterboard him. Maybe that would begin to scratch the surface of teaching him the many lessons he deserves to learn.

  72. 72

    So Perez- do you like him now?

  73. Low says – reply to this


    Don't buy it!!!! Remember the hundreds of thousands of innocents that died because of him. RIP those women and children of Iraq. He just does not want to go down in history as a monster.

  74. 74

    Re: goldenboy24 – So do you have to have been a slave in order to fight for civil rights,please tell me you're not that stupid. Of course gay people are fighting for civil rights and for marriage rights and I'm sorry that you come from such an uneducated family with a warped look at life.

  75. 75

    Re: buck – Cheney and Ted Olson the top republican attorney for bush and republican causes are for gay marriage.

  76. 76

    Re: epic – Well you're wrong as usual,were you out of the country when Bush was trying to pass a federal ammendment against gay marriage. Yes Bush had no respect for states rights when he catered to his bigoted republican scumbag fundies.

  77. 77

    Re: Smirks – While its nice that you as a republican voted no on 8,the republican party was one hundred percent behind prop 8 and donated office space and manpower and phone calls for the no on 8 side. So do you wan a compliment for being part of a party dedicated to attacking gay people,because thats what your claim to fame is.

  78. 78

    Re: Shastamagic – Shasta magic,it doesnt matter what white trash like you think or not,the fact of the matter is plenty of upscale republicans like the Cheney's ,Ted Olsen and most of the Reagans are for gay marriage. The fundie rightwing trash prey on uneducated minorites who vote democrat for their homophobic agneda. But the under 40 generation is overwhelming much more gay friendly,you bigots can count your years before gay marriage is the law,history will judge you like the trash that you are.

  79. 79

    For all of the classless, uneducated fools that have posted here, STFU. Cheney, as well as most Republicans, are FOR gay marriage/civil unions but it is a STATE DECISION NOT A FEDERAL ONE! Put down the Obozo kool aid and GET A FUCKING CLUE.

  80. 80

    It's hilarious that he is spouting off at the mouth now when it doesn't mean shit. Republicans always change the rules when it affects them. Just like the Reagans never wanted stem cell research until ol Ronnie started going senile. He was waaaay too busy being a war criminal advancing his own financial status than helping American people advance their status. JACKASS!

  81. 81

    Read the 10th amendment of the U.S. Constitution folks. "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

    Learn it, live it, love it, bitches. Marriage AND infanticide a.k.a. abortion are state's rights issues.

  82. 82

    see now all you haterz got to oppose prop 8 or we'll send you hunting with dick cheney and your ass will never come back. lol

  83. 83

    I watched ALL of the debates with the Johns and Bush/Cheney, he NEVER denied his daughter being gay the the public as one idiot said in their post. When Kerry tried to put him on the spot by telling everyone his daughter was gay at one of the debates Cheney said, "…yeah" in a "duh!" kind of way, not in a "on no now everyone knows" kind of way.
    Cheney said he wasn't against it for YEEEEARS, people just assumed he opposed it I guess.

  84. 84

    It's kinda useless that he's saying that now that he isn't the vice president anymore, but at least he's spoken out in support of it. Word of mouth is one of the strongest ways to get people on board!
    Bring on 2010, when perhaps we will be successful in the fight for equal rights!

  85. 85

    obviously he does since his daughter is a lesbian but hes made it clear several times that if she wasnt gay, he'd be against it

  86. 86

    Re: Debaucherina
    That's not what chandler said. You may want to re-read the comment. Obama stated that gay marriage was against "his" beliefs. But regardless, he doesn't feel that "his" beliefs are what should become policy. A more secular approach and understanding of the law.

  87. 87

    Re: knowitall – Do you really believe there is more than .01% difference in the DNA of "Republican" or "Democrat" DC politicians? It doesn't matter which party is in office… they will all do what is politically expedient and self-serving. So to answer your question, no, I don't want a compliment for belonging to any one political party. But I do deserve one for having the good sense to vote according to what's fair, and a snarky remark from you isn't going to make me feel as though I'm part of the problem, because I'm not. :)

  88. 88

    Yeah only cuz his daughter is a lesbo. He is as FAKE as the rest of the celebs you talk about on here.

  89. 89

    Yeah, good on Cheney for speaking out AFTER he's OUT OF POWER, lmao. When he had power, his lips were as tight as his *sshole. Speak or bark all you want Cheney, although you are right about freedom/equality for all, NO ONE CARES about the old lizard anymore.

  90. 90

    Cheney did not try to hide his daughter while he was in office. VPs have zero power…what could he have done? Where's Joe Biden been?

  91. 91

    fuck cheney, he is just saying that because now he can spout whatever shit that falls out of his mouth and it doesn't matter, because he isn't in office so its not his problem. He is not progressive, he is a douche bag and a war criminal

  92. 92

    Cheney was interviewed by Greta van Susteren last night - AND HE ADMITS THAT IRAQ WAS NOT INVOLVED IN 9/11:
    "In an interview with Fox News' Greta van Susteren, former Vice President Dick Cheney admitted that there is no evidence that Iraq was involved in the September 11th attacks.
    "On the question of whether or not Iraq was involved in 9-11, there was never any evidence to prove that," he told the "On The Record" host in a joint interview with his daughter Liz. "There was "some reporting early on … but that was never borne out," Cheney said. "George … did say and did testify that there was an ongoing relationship between al-Qaeda and Iraq, but no proof that Iraq was involved in 9-11."
    And there you have it - those young men & women died in vain (no, Iraq was not begging us to "free" them, NOR were our liberties in any way threatened by them).
    It was a Fake War for Profit for Bush/Cheney/cronies from DAY 1. I have to wonder how all the rednecks who supported this war (Toby Keith, I'm thinking of you . . .) feel now.

  93. 93

    Whatever, he should go crawl back under the rock he's been hiding under for the last 8 years.

  94. 94

    Only because I am tired of seeing this headline. I have to reiterate…

    Cheney DOES NOT support Gay Marriage. He "supports" CIVIL UNIONS.

    There are about 700 (ish) American rights that distinguish the two.

  95. 95

    Cheney is a classic example of someone who has had their mind changed by life experiences and education on the issue. As much as I disagree with Cheney politically, I commend him for not wanting to medle in others lives. yey cheney!

  96. 96

    I'm sorry, but this whole gay marriage shit is rediculous. A man and woman should be married. Gays get a way with WAY too much. Its disturbing. Like common, you dont see straight people doing "straight pride parades"!! I dont want to have kids because this world is fucked up! be normal and date someone of the opposite sex!