Cheney Backs Gay Marriage

By Caitlin Taylor

Jun 1, 2009 3:33pm

ABC News’ Rick Klein reports: Former Vice President Dick Cheney’s media blitz continued today — this time with Cheney placing himself to the left of President Obama on a key social issue. Appearing at the National Press Club, Cheney answered a question about gay marriage by coming out in favor. “I think that freedom means freedom for everyone,” Cheney said, The Huffington Post’s Sam Stein reports. “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.”  Cheney stated his position in a roughly similar way during the 2004 campaign, though he couched his position by pointing out that President Bush made administration policy — and he favored a constitutional ban on gay marriage.  But the issue has gained new currency in recent months, as state after state moves to legalize gay marriage. Some prominent Democrats — including former President Bill Clinton, who said last week that his view on gay marriage is “evolving” — are moving away from their opposition to gay marriage.  President Obama remains personally opposed to gay marriage.

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