Bush Administration Can't Have It Both Ways On Marriage

"President Bush must be feeling the heat," said HRC President Cheryl
Jacques. "Millions of Republican families, like the Cheneys, have gay
friends and family members and are offended by President Bush's efforts
to put discrimination in the Constitution. As Vice President Cheney
makes clear, this is a personal issue that affects hard-working,
tax-paying Americans. The Bush administration can't have it both ways."

At a rally on August 24th in Davenport, Iowa, Vice President Cheney made the
following comments, according to the Associated Press.

"Lynne and I have a gay daughter, so it's an issue our family is
very familiar with. With the respect to the question of
relationships, my general view is freedom means freedom for everyone …
People ought to be free to enter into any kind of relationship
they want to. The question that comes up with the issue of marriage is
what kind of official sanction or approval is going to be granted by
government? Historically, that's been a relationship that has been
handled by the states. The states have made that fundamental decision of
what constitutes a marriage."

According to the AP, Cheney then cited earlier comments he made in the
vice presidential debate and said his answer today was the same it was
then.

During the vice presidential debates on Oct. 5, 2000, Cheney said:

"I think different states are likely to come to different
conclusions, and that's appropriate. I don't think there should
necessarily be a federal policy in this area. … I think we ought to do
everything we can to–to tolerate and accommodate whatever kind of
relationships people want to enter into."

On Jan. 10, 2004, Vice President Cheney again reiterated his support for
states' regulating the issue. He told the Rocky Mountain News:

"I stated those during the course of the 2000 campaign, that I
thought when it came to the question of whether or not some sort of
legal status or legal sanction were granted to a same-sex relationship,
that that was a matter best left to the states," he said. "That was my
view then. That is my view now."

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