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