Former US vice president Dick Cheney said Friday he was delighted
after his lesbian daughter Mary married her long-term partner
The wedding came amid fierce debate about gay marriage, after
President Barack Obama recently came out in favor if it, while
his likely Republican rival Mitt Romney opposes same-sex
Cheney and Poe, who have two children, were married in Washington
DC, where gay marriage has been legal since 2010, reports said.
"Mary and Heather have been in a committed relationship for many
years, and we are delighted that they were able to take advantage
of the opportunity to have that relationship recognized," said a
Cheney family statement.
"Mary and Heather and their children are very important and much
loved members of our family and we wish them every happiness," it
Forty-three year-old Mary Cheney confirmed the news on her
Facebook page, according to People magazine. "Very happy to
announce that as of this morning, Heather and I are legally
married (at least in DC).
They married 20 years to the day after their first date, she
added. The couple have a five-year-old son and a two-year-old
Cheney has said he believes US states should decide on legalizing
same-sex marriage, but he backed then president George W. Bush's
efforts to establish a constitutional ban on gay marriages.
"He sets the policy for this administration, and I support the
president," Cheney said in a 2004 vice presidential debate,
according to the Los Angeles Times.
But since leaving office in 2009 he has changed his stance and
opposes a federal ban, it said.
In February 2010 Cheney said it was "time to reconsider" the ban
on gays serving openly in the US military.
Obama last year pushed through a repeal of the 1993 law known as
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell," which required gay and lesbian troops to
keep quiet about their sexual orientation or face expulsion from