Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo) expressed regret over her earlier opposition to gay marriage, saying that she was wrong to hold that view.
In an interview with CBS 60 Minutes, Cheney said that the stance she took eight years ago led to a public falling out with her sister, Mary, who is gay and married with children.
“I was wrong. I was wrong,” the Wyoming Republican said. “It’s a very personal issue, and very personal for my family.”
In 2013, Cheney said in an interview that she opposed same-sex marriage, and she believed in a “traditional definition” of marriage. The comments were made when she was campaigning against then-Senator Mike Enzi. The remarks were at odds with Cheney’s father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, who had voiced his support for gay marriage.
In the recent interview with CBS, Cheney now has said that she believes her father was right, and that she was “wrong” in her previous opposition.
Despite her updated stance, Cheney voted in February against the Equality Act, which would have amended the 1964 Civil Rights Act to prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Cheney is running for a fourth term in 2022.