When Pajamas Media asked me to write a piece on former Vice President Cheney’s recent reiteration of preference of a federalist approach to same-sex marriage, I decided to see what the various gay groups were saying about this good man’s recent comments. What I found should not be a shock to those who read this blog. Indeed, it fits their pattern. That pesky little (R) after a politician’s name renders him all but immune from praise (from gay groups).
Let me whet your appetite with a few paragraphs from that article:
Two weeks ago, former Vice President Dick Cheney delivered a speech at the American Enterprise Institute “on the serious and ongoing threat terrorism poses to the United States.” He defended the Bush Administration’s record in the War on Terror and took issue with some of the criticisms and policies of the current President.
It was a good speech, earning him high marks across the political spectrum, particularly among conservatives, eager to hear our ideas defended with such vigor and conviction. As Cheney burnished his conservative credentials at AEI last month, on Monday, in remarks at the National Press Club, he showed that he does not toe the party line on all issues. He once again parted company with George W. Bush, the man who tapped him as his running mate and in whose Administration he served loyally for eight years, on gay marriage. The former Vice President reiterated a point he has made publicly at least since the 2000 vice presidential debate, that we should take a federal approach to recognition of same-sex unions:
I think that freedom means freedom for everyone. And, as many of you know, one of my daughters is gay and it is something we have lived with for a long time in our family. I think people ought to be free to enter into any kind of union they wish. Any kind of arrangement they wish. The question of whether or not there ought to be a federal statute to protect this, I don’t support. I do believe that the historically the way marriage has been regulated is at the state level. It has always been a state issue and I think that is the way it ought to be handled, on a state-by-state basis. … But I don’t have any problem with that. People ought to get a shot at that.
You can read the rest here.