Burning Bush

Illustration by Bob Aul “I thought that the formulation he used in 2000 was very good: first of all, to be clear that people should be free to enter into their relationships that they choose, and secondly, to recognize what's historically been the situation—that when it comes to conferring legal status on relationships, that is a matter left to states.”

—Lynne Cheney, mother of a lesbian and wife of Vice President Dick Cheney, gently distancing herself from her husband's political flip-flop on states' rights. During the 2000 presidential campaign, candidate Cheney was in favor of states deciding legal issues about personal relationships—and that people should be free to enter relationships of their choosing. But earlier this year, as gay marriage became a key campaign issue, both Bush and Dick Cheney came out in favor of a proposed constitutional amendment on marriage that would take authority away from states. In Mr. Cheney's case, this puts him at odds not only with the Democrats—but also with his gay daughter, Mary, who is director of vice presidential operations for the Bush-Cheney re-election campaign, and with his wife.

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