Conservative Group Launches Ad Against Liz Cheney for Being too ’Pro-Gay’
A conservative group has launched a new political ad in Wyoming against the state's Republican Senate candidate Liz Cheney over her "support" for marriage equality, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The commercial, created by American Principles Fund, attacks Cheney, using the tagline "wrong for Wyoming." The ad goes on to slam Cheney, former Vice President Dick Cheney's daughter, for her 2009 appearance on MSNBC, "the go-to network for Barack Obama and Washington's liberal elites," as the ad says.
When Cheney appeared on the news network, she explained she was against a constitutional amendment outlawing gay marriage and that she backed a State Department move extending benefits to same-sex couples of Foreign Service employees.
"In Washington, she appears on MSNBC to campaign against the marriage amendment, and support government benefits for gay couples," the ad says.
Cheney, however, has been vocal about her views on marriage equality and in August stated she firmly does not support gay marriage.
"I am strongly pro-life and I am not pro-gay marriage," Cheney said in a statement. "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."
Cheney's younger sister, Mary, who is an open lesbian and last year married her partner Heather Poe, took to Facebook to respond to her sister's remarks.
"For the record, I love my sister, but she is dead wrong on the issue of marriage," she said. "Freedom means freedom for everyone," she continued. "That means that all families - regardless of how they look or how they are made - all families are entitled to the same rights, privileges and protections as every other."
Liz Cheney is facing off against incumbent Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), who also is against marriage equality.