Vice President Dick Cheney, whose daughter Mary is a lesbian, spoke supportively about gay relationships on Tuesday, saying "freedom means freedom for everyone."
At a campaign rally in this Mississippi River town, Cheney was asked about his stand on gay marriage an issue for which his boss, President Bush, has pushed for a constitutional amendment to ban such unions.
"Lynne and I have a gay daughter, so it's an issue our family is very familiar with," Cheney said. "With the respect to the question of relationships, my general view is freedom means freedom for everyone ... People ought to be free to enter into any kind of relationship they want to, reports ABC News.
According to Reuters, Cheney suggested the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which recognizes heterosexual marriage for purposes of federal law, could help resolve the gay marriage issue.
The proposed ban, which won presidential backing after the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled that homosexual couples have the right to marry, was ultimately defeated in the U.S. Senate when Republican lawmakers broke party ranks to join Democrats in opposing the measure.
Cheney was referring to a bill passed by Congress and signed into law by President Clinton that defined marriage -- for the purpose of federal law -- as the union of a man and a woman.
A proposed constitutional amendment that would have effectively banned same-sex marriage failed on a procedural vote in the Senate in July on a 48-50 vote -- well short of the two-thirds majority needed for such amendments to be sent to the states for ratification.
Both of Cheney's daughters are active in his campaign. He spoke fondly of both.
"We have two daughters, and we have enormous pride in both of them," he said. "They're both fine young women, and they do a superb job, frankly, of supporting us, and we were blessed with both our daughters.", informs CNN.
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