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Published:June 2nd, 2009 15:25 EST
Is Dick Cheney Becoming A Lefty? Supports Gay Marriage

Is Dick Cheney Becoming A Lefty? Supports Gay Marriage

By Robert Paul Reyes

 

"Former vice president Dick Cheney said yesterday that he supports gays being able to marry but believes states, not the federal government, should make the decision.

`I think, you know, freedom means freedom for everyone,` Cheney said in a speech at the National Press Club. `I think people ought to be free to enter into any kind of union they wish, any kind of arrangement they wish.`

Cheney, who has a gay daughter, said marriage has always been a state issue. http://www.boston.com/news/


As a liberal I find Dick Cheney`s stand on most issues anathema, but I commend him for taking an enlightened view on same-sex marriage.

Cheney has an intelligent, attractive and very accomplished gay daughter; it makes it very difficult for him to accept the conservative view that homosexuals are degenerates. If evangelicals and conservative Republicans realized how many of their friends, family members, and co-workers were gay, they would be forced to admit that gays are just like everyone else -- no better, no worse.

I disagree with Cheney that same-sex marriage should be a state issue. Having the freedom to marry the person that you love, regardless of gender, is such a basic and fundamental right, it should be protected by the Constitution. Didn`t we learn anything from history, when Southern states argued that slavery was a states` rights issue?

Dick Cheney has taken a more enlightened view on same-sex marriage than the President of the United States. Obama is against same-sex marriage, he throws gays and lesbians the civil unions` bone.

Why are human rights organizations giving Obama a free pass? Everyone who believes in human rights, and not just gays and lesbians should demand that the cowardly Obama come out in favor of same-sex marriage.