You think you've got family drama at Thanksgiving...check this out!
Former VEEP Dick Cheney's daughters Liz and Mary are sparring over...clothes? Money? Nah! It's a gay marriage spat...and Daddy's guilty of taking sides on this one. The high-profile GOP family includes daughter Mary, who is happily married—to a woman—with 2 kids, and daughter Liz, who is challenging a fellow Republican to be senator of Wyoming. Liz made waves last weekend when she said that while she loves her sister and her family, same-sex marriage is something they "disagree" on. Mary and her wife didn't appreciate that. An injured Mary fired back on Facebook.
"Liz-this isn't just an issue on which we disagree, you're just wrong - and on the wrong side of history," Cheney posted, according to the New York Times.
Mary Cheney's spouse, Heather Poe, weighed in on the debate, posting a separate stinging retort,
"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," Poe wrote. "To have her now say she doesn't support our right to marry is offensive to say the least."
Dick, who has been in favor of states deciding to legalize same-sex marriage, defended older daughter Liz saying that she (Liz) "has always believed in the traditional definition of marriage."
This is not the first time the gay-lesbian issue has polarized a family. In an inspiring letter, a grandfather passionately addressed his daughter's decision to kick her gay son out of the house after he decided to come out of the closet. In the letter which first appeared on FCKH8.com's FB page, the grandfather tells his daughter that "kicking Chad out of your house simply because he told you he was gay is the real abomination here. A parent disowning her child is what goes 'against nature.'"
Awww...how supportive is that?
This seriously awesome Grandpa blasted his daughter saying," He was born this way and didn't choose it more than he being left-handed. You, however, have made a choice of being hurtful, narrow-minded and backward. While we are in the business of disowning children, I think I'll take this moment to say good-bye to you. I now have a fabulous (as the gay [sic] put it) grandson to raise...If you find your heart, give us a call."
As for the Cheney sisters, I have only this to say: Fine. These things happen in families. Everyone has had her say. Now can we all just drop the issue and try to start the healing?