Cheney's Gay Marriage Comments Draw Criticism

Cheney's gay marriage comments draw criticism from both foes and proponents

The head of the conservative Family Research Council is upset that Vice President Cheney disagrees with President Bush on the need for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. Cheney and his wife Lynne, whose daughter Mary is gay, have said they favor each state being able to define marriage. Cheney also says the federal Defense of Marriage Act may be enough. Cheney, campaigning in Iowa today, was asked about gay marriage and replied: "With respect to the question of relationships, my general view is freedom means freedom for everyone." Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council says "for many pro-family voters, protecting traditional marriage ranks ahead of the economy and job creation as a campaign issue."