At the National Press Club today, former Vice President Dick Cheney gave some of his strongest comments yet in favor of same-sex marriage. Asked if “some form of legalized marriage” was “inevitable in the United States,” Cheney said that “freedom means freedom for everyone.” “I think people ought to be free to enter into any kind of union they wish,” said Cheney, adding that believes marriage should be regulated at the state level. Watch it:
Cheney’s answer at the press club was pretty much the same answer that he usually gives when asked about the subject. But in the past, Cheney has said that “people ought to be free to enter into any kind of relationship they want to.” Today, he used he word “union.”
HOST: Question on social issues. Given recent developments in Iowa and elsewhere, is some form of legalized gay marriage inevitable in the United States?
CHENEY: Well, I think, you know, freedom means freedom for everyone. And as many of you know, one of my daughters is gay and something that we’ve 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 that governs this, I don’t support. I do believe that historically the way marriage has been regulated is at the state level, it has always been a state issue. And I think that’s the way it ought to be handled today. That is on a state by state basis. Different states will make different decisions, but I don’t have any problem with that. I think people ought to get a shot at that.