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10/07/2013 09:21 am ET Updated Oct 07, 2013

Liz Cheney Attacked For Not Being Anti-Gay Enough, Even Though She's 'Not Pro-Gay Marriage'

A new ad from the conservative group American Principles Fund is hitting Wyoming Republican Senate candidate Liz Cheney for supporting rights for gay couples, even though she has said she is "not pro-gay marriage."

The ad says Cheney is "wrong for Wyoming" and hits her for appearances on MSNBC, "the go-to network for [President] Barack Obama and Washington's liberal elites."

"In Washington, she appears on MSNBC to campaign against the marriage amendment, and support government benefits for gay couples," the ad says.

But in August 2013, Cheney said she is not in support of same-sex marriage.

"I am strongly pro-life and I am not pro-gay marriage," Cheney said in a statement. “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."

Cheney's younger sister Mary is openly gay and married her partner, Heather Poe, in Washington, DC last year. Mary Cheney criticized her sister in a Facebook post, saying the Senate candidate is "dead wrong."

“For the record, I love my sister, but she is dead wrong on the issue of marriage," she wrote.

"Freedom means freedom for everyone," she continued. "That means that all families — regardless of how they look or how they are made — all families are entitled to the same rights, privileges and protections as every other."

Cheney is challenging Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), who opposes same-sex marriage, for his Senate seat.

Watch the ad above.

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