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Thursday, Aug 26, 2004, 1:32 pm

Cheney Deviates from Party Line

By Emily Udell

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Today the New York Times printed an article reporting on Vice President Dick Cheney's opposition to a constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage. This ban has become part of the GOP platform. Cheney's fellow Republicans are none too happy. The NY Times quotes Paul Weyrich of the conservative Free Congress Foundation: "I think it is most unfortunate that the vice president saw fit to put his personal situation above what is good for the nation." Cheney's daughter Mary is a lesbian, and he voiced his support for her on the campaign trail in Davenport, Iowa. Cheney stated, " With respect to the question of relationships, my general view is that freedom means freedom for everyone."

Bush-Cheney campaign spokeswoman Anne Womack said, "The vice president has stated his views repeatedly. He restated them again at a town hall meeting in Iowa. It's also clear that the president sets policy, and he supports the president." Humph, I always thought it was the other way around.

Emily Udell is a writer for Angie’s List Magazine in Indianapolis. In 2009, she finished a stint drinking bourbon and covering breaking news for The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky. Her eclectic media career also includes time at the Associated Press, Punk Planet (R.I.P.), The Daily Southtown in southwest Chicago, and Radio Prague in the Czech Republic. She co-hosted and co-produced In These Times’ radio show “Fire on the Prairie” from 2003 to 2006.

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