07/17/2013 03:47 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Will Liz Cheney Be The Senate's Possible Sleeper Vote For LGBT Equality?


During an interview on MSNBC back in 2009, Liz Cheney (who just announced that she is running for Senate) seemed to indicate tentative support for marriage equality and LGBT rights at large, saying: "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."

While Cheney's language is hardly a full-throated, ringing endorsement of equality ("this is an issue that states have to decide for themselves"), her aligning herself with her family is encouraging: her sister, Mary, who is an out lesbian and her father both are on record support marriage equality. She went on to reiterate opposition to a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, expressed support for the State Department's extension of benefits to same-sex couples, and said, "I think it's wrong to discriminate, in those relationships, based on someone's sexual preference." Additionally, she supported repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell.