Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Dick Cheney Now More Progressive Than Obama

Sit down! No really, cause this is a shock! Dick Cheney is now more progressive on Gay Marriage than Obama:

Dick Cheney rarely takes a position that places him at a more progressive tilt than President Obama. But on Monday, the former vice president did just that, saying that he supports gay marriage as long as it is deemed legal by state and not federal government.

Speaking at the National Press Club for the Gerald R. Ford Foundation journalism awards, Cheney was asked about recent rulings and legislative action in Iowa and elsewhere that allowed for gay couples to legally wed.

"I think that freedom means freedom for everyone," replied the former V.P. "As many of you know, one of my daughters is gay and it is something we have lived with for a long time in our family. I think people ought to be free to enter into any kind of union they wish. Any kind of arrangement they wish. The question of whether or not there ought to be a federal statute to protect this, I don't support. I do believe that the historically the way marriage has been regulated is at the state level. It has always been a state issue and I think that is the way it ought to be handled, on a state-by-state basis. ... But I don't have any problem with that. People ought to get a shot at that."

I mean, I do not even know how to respond to that, honestly! I did not see this coming. And as hard as it is for me as a Democrat to say this, I applaud Vice President Cheney on his more-liberal-than-Obama view. So... yeah. As I continually quote Bill Maher on, we must "worship principals, not people." I am going to love to see Obama when he is pressed on this. As you know, Dick Cheney's daughter is a lesbian and has adopted children with her partner.