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Cheneys back Liz in same-sex marriage feud

NEW YORK — Breaking their silence about the public feud between their two daughters, Dick Cheney, former vice president, and his wife, Lynne, said Monday the situation has pained them but offered some political cover for their elder child, who is seeking a US Senate seat in Wyoming.

Liz Cheney, 47, was criticized on Facebook on Sunday by her sister, Mary, 44, who is a lesbian and objects to Liz’s opposition to same-sex marriage.

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But Cheney and his wife said in statement it is possible to be loving toward a lesbian sister and her spouse while not embracing the idea of their marrying. Dick Cheney has been helping Liz Cheney raise money.

“Liz has always believed in the traditional definition of marriage. She has also always treated her sister and her sister’s family with love and respect, exactly as she should have done,’’ the statement said.

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