Updated on September 3 at 3:15 p.m. Eastern to include quotation from Mary Cheney and to define “push-poll.”

JACKSON HOLE, WY, August 30, 2013 ( – Liz Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, is telling voters in Wyoming she has changed her stance on same-sex “marriage.”


Running for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, Cheney accused incumbent Republican Mike Enzi of lying about her record on marriage and abortion in a “push-poll” (a mock poll intended to plant negative information about an opponent with potential voters). 

“I am not pro-gay marriage,” Cheney claimed in a press release on Friday. “I believe the issue of marriage must be decided by the states, and by the people in the states, not by judges and not even by legislators, but by the people themselves.”

That conflicts with her previous support for same-sex “marriage.

In 2009, a reporter on MSNBC asked, “How do you feel about the California Supreme Court's decision [on Proposition 8], and what do yo think the Obama administration should do on the question of same-sex 'marriage'?”

Liz Cheney replied, “Well, look, I think, you know, my family has been very clear about this, that we think freedom means freedom for everybody and that this is an issue that states have to decide for themselves.”

Her family has been outspoken in its support for redefining marriage, with her father lobbying Maryland to change its law last year.

Her sister, Mary, has been “married” to another woman since last year.

Upon hearing of Liz's change of heart, Mary Cheney wrote on her Facebook page, “For the record, I love my sister, but she is dead wrong on the issue of marriage. Freedom means freedom for everyone.”

During the 2009 MSNBC interview Liz Cheney added, “I certainly would not like to see a constitutional amendment, as was suggested in the last administration, banning” same-sex “marriage.”

Senator Mike Enzi, on the other hand, co-sponsored a constitutional amendment to protect traditional marriage in 2008. He also has a 100 percent pro-life voting record with the National Right to Life Committee. National Journal ranked Enzi the eighth most conservative senator in Washington last year.

Liz Cheney concluded the 2009 interview by saying, “I applaud the State Department decision to extend benefits to same-sex partners around the world. I think it's wrong to discriminate in those relationships based on somebody's sexual preference.”

In Friday's press release, Cheney did not address her previous support for same-sex “marriage,” nor what led her to change her views. Nor did she say she hoped Wyoming voters would reject redefining marriage. 

Her allegation that Enzi's campaign is engaging in a push-poll has stumped political analysts, who say she has provided no proof of the incumbent nor the GOP's role in the alleged poll.

“Neither Mike Enzi’s campaign, nor anyone affiliated with his campaign, has conducted any polls in Wyoming,” said Enzi spokesman Coy Knobel told Roll Call.

Cheney trailed Enzi by a whopping 28 points (54-26) in a poll conducted in late July by Public Policy Polling.

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The three-term Senator has received endorsements from every wing of his party, from Senator John McCain to Senator Rand Paul.

“I’ve told him I’ll do anything I can to help him,” said Senator Paul, who views Cheney's hawkish foreign policy views with suspicion.

The push-poll allegation is the latest in a series of missteps that have overtaken Cheney's campaign since she expectedly entered the primary. She has since been publicly reprimanded for being two months in arrears paying property taxes on the $1.63 million property she recently purchased in Jackson Hole. She has also had to pay a petty fine for making a false statement on an application for a fishing license

Although Republicans across the spectrum are perplexed by her decision to enter this race at this time, she is persevering in the hopes her father's home state will send another Cheney to Washington.

“The people of Wyoming deserve an honest campaign,” she said.