Did you know that former Vice President Cheney, a conservative, has a much more progressive view on same sex marriage then say, liberal Barack Obama? Read about it below, see photos and a video.

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He was speaking at the National Press Club for the Gerald R. Ford Foundation Journalism Awards, when former Vice President Cheney was asked a question from the audience about recent rulings and legislative action in Iowa and elsewhere in the country that allowed for gay couples to legally wed. I don’t think his answer surprised anyone. Do you?

Here’s what former Vice President Cheney had to say:

“I think that freedom means freedom for everyone,” replied former Veep Cheney. “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.”

Vice President Cheney has made similar arguments in support of gay marriage in the past. I’m sure many of us remember the now infamous Vice Presidential debate between Cheney and his now completely laughable challenger John Edwards. Edwards (and John Kerry for that matter) gratuitously mentioned Cheney’s gay daughter Mary in the hopes that conservatives would pull away their votes from Dick Cheney. It didn’t happen. Dick Cheney wiped the floor with Edwards in that debate. People, at that time, thought Cheney made news when he talked about Mary. But, in actuality he said basically the same exact thing when he debated Joe Liebermann back in 2000!

The real story is that there is no story about Dick Cheney and his views on gay marriage. He hasn’t changed. He is consistent — with a track record to prove it. It’s just that the left really suck at reading the Cheney tea leaves. They just don’t ‘get’ him or his family. And they most certainly do not appreciate him the way the conservative base does.

So in looking at the same-sex marriage issue, here we have Dick Cheney, staunch conservative and beloved by the base, with a much more progressive position than Barack Obama’s current civil-unions-not-marriage stance. The One says he supports civil unions for gay couples but that he remains committed to marriage being between and man and woman. Interestingly, his press department — who loves every opportunity to promote their leader — has been completely silent about the recent California Supreme Court case upholding a ban on gay marriage in the state. Why is that? It is purely a guess on my part, but I am willing to bet that Dick Cheney would have had no problem saying he supported gay marriage in California as a states rights issue if he had been specifically asked about it. He basically said that very thing during two election cycles!

Remember that it was not all that long ago, that gay marriage was one of two completely dependable ‘wedge issues’ that liberals would gleefully exploit – pitting conservatives against more moderate Republicans – to cause havoc within the GOP. And it worked everytime. But it appears that now that wedge is much more blurred on the left. All you have to do is look at Dick Cheney on Gay Marriage and his much more progressive position then Barack Obama.

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