Cheney comes from a Republican family that outwardly speaks out for gay marriage. Her father, Dick Cheney, is currently helping to lobby for marriage equality in Maryland and her sister, Mary, is married to a woman.
In 2009, Cheney spoke for marriage equality, quoted on MSNBC saying: “Freedom means freedom for everyone.” She went on to say anything less than a U.S. Constitutional amendment for same-sex marriage and benefits is discrimination.
This year she said the polar opposite.
“I am strongly pro-life and I am not pro-gay marriage,” she said, according to a statement issued by her campaign organization. “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.”
Her sister spoke against Cheney’s new stance.
“I love my sister, but she is dead wrong,” Mary Cheney wrote.
Cheney’s flip flop prompted the new ad, Wrong for Wyoming. The ad was created by American Principles Fund, a group that opposes same-sex marriage and finds Cheney too soft on traditional marriage.
The APF wants to prove that social issues are a big deal for Republicans. They want to “break the unilateral truce on social issues within the GOP by demonstrating that social issues are winning issues, especially when combined with an economic message that addresses voters’ most urgent concerns.”
This group isn’t the first to attack Cheney for her inconsistent views on gay rights. Cheney had only issued her “anti-gay marriage” statement after campaign said Wyoming residents were being “push-polled” with questions that implied she “aggressively promotes gay marriage.”
Brian Brown, head of the National Organization for Marriage, wants Cheney to prove she is truly against marriage equality by “supporting both a Wyoming constitutional amendment and the federal amendment.”
The “Wrong for Wyoming” ad starts off with news coverage featuring known out anchor, Rachel Maddow.
Narrator: MSNBC, the go-to network for Barack Obama and Washington’s liberal elites. So what’s Liz Cheney doing here? In Wyoming, Cheney campaigns as a conservative. In Washington, she appears on MSNBC to campaign against the marriage amendment and support government benefits for gay couples.
Cheney: “I applaud for example the State Department decision to extend benefits to same-sex partners around the world.”
Narrator: Liz Cheney. Wrong for Wyoming.