Dick Cheney’s Daughters and LGTB Rights: Do Liz and Mary Cheney Get Along?

Liz and Mary Cheney

Liz and Mary Cheney in 2004 | Jeff Haynes/AFP/Getty Images

Adam McKay’s movie Vice has generated a ton of buzz. The historical film is the top nominated drama in the Golden Globes this year and has already received 13 other awards. While some people are caught up in Christian Bale’s impressive transformation, others are digging deeper into the Cheney family history. Just a bit of snooping revealed something many people probably haven’t thought about in years, the LGBT conflict between Cheney’s daughters Liz and Mary.

Who is Liz Cheney?

Elizabeth Lynne Cheney Perry is the eldest daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney and former Second Lady Lynne Cheney (played by the intriguing Amy Adams in Vice). This year she was re-elected as a member of the House of Representatives, but her career in politics started way before she even graduated law school.

Liz got her feet wet working for the State Department and the U.S Agency for International Development. After graduating from law school, she pursued law in the private sector and assisted high-ranking individuals on an international scale. Liz continued to move around in law and politics without issue until 2014 when the spat with her sister over LGBT rights went public.

Who is Mary Cheney?

Mary Claire Cheney also followed in her father’s footsteps. While she isn’t as high up on the rung as Liz, she has a history of being involved in various political groups and even assisted her father during the Bush-Cheney campaign.

Mary’s sexual orientation has been the topic of conversation for many years considering her political alignment. She supported Bush and her father during their campaign and re-election despite their differing opinions on LGBT rights. Eventually, Mary cleared the air in her autobiography, but by then it was too late. Gay rights advocates criticized her for keeping quiet, and her support was called into question.

The Cheney’s fight over LGBT rights

Perhaps having her allegiance questioned after the 2004 election is what inspired her to speak out against her sister a decade later. Or maybe it was because she was already in a union with the love of her life, Heather Poe. Whatever the reason Mary wasn’t going to take any opposing views sitting down this time around.

In 2013 during an interview on Fox News Liz spoke about her stance on gay marriage. Despite having an openly gay sister who is married, Liz was still on the opposing team. Liz tried to lessen the blow, referring to it as a simple disagreement but Mary wasn’t letting things go that easily.

She took to social media to address her sister in a public response that would be heard around the world. “Liz — this isn’t just an issue on which we disagree you’re just wrong — and on the wrong side of history.” Talk about being called out. Mary’s spouse, Poe also left a more revealing status on Facebook.

“Liz has been a guest in our home, has spent time and shared holidays with our children, and when Mary and I got married in 2012 — she didn’t hesitate to tell us how happy she was for us,” Poe wrote. “To have her now say she doesn’t support our right to marry is offensive to say the least.”

According to their parents, Mary and Liz’s dispute over LGBT rights isn’t a new one. While we do believe there was tension between the two due to their opposing stances, Mary’s reaction to Liz’s marriage showed nothing but love and support. How could she stand so firmly against same-sex marriage while being so supportive of their union?

Do Liz and Mary Cheney get along now?

Immediately following the dispute, Mary said she had no intentions of seeing her sister that Christmas, despite the Cheney family’s plan to get together. Liz had no problems throwing her under the bus, so it’s no surprise that Mary felt betrayed. That was roughly six years ago so where is their relationship now? In 2015 she declined to answer any questions regarding her and Mary’s relationship. We can only speculate where they are now, but due to Liz’s icy response, we wouldn’t be surprised if there was still bad blood between them.