Not that it takes much to be politically more progressive than Obama, but Cheney has done it – seemingly out of nowhere. While the conservative centrist Obama tried to hedge his bets by declaring a commitment to civil union while making marriage the sacrosanct realm of man & woman, Cheney supports gay marriage.
It’s not that much of a surprise though: one of his daughters is a dyke, and he’s been making supportive noises at least since the run-up to the 2004 election, according to the Huffington Post. He’s also curtailing his support by saying that the states should remain responsible for deciding the issue of same-sex-marriage and – he’s not a lone voice in the GOP universe; apparently Republicans are split on where to place their bets in the controversy (they’ve probably got a decent amount of gays in their ranks). Finally: clamouring for or supporting the institute of marriage is not exactly a qualifier to be certified as ‘progressive’.
Nevertheless, given that equal rights are the matter of contention, it’s a bit of a jolt to political apathy that the fascist rightwinger Cheney declares his support for gay marriage. But then: some of Hitler’s cronies were gay.
See also Huffington Post