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Gay is the new black: President Barack Obama and former Vice President Dick Cheney, both photographed today, disagree on probably most issues — except same-sex marriage. How fucked up is that?
President Barack Obama and former Vice President Dick Cheney last month sparred on national security matters (memo to Dick: Your party lost the fucking election), but they agree on one thing: the issue of same-sex marriage, both of them assert, should be decided on a state-by-state basis.
Both of them are wrong.
As African Americans’ struggle for equality has demonstrated, equal human and civil rights never should be left up to each state.
Otherwise, an individual state could, for instance, decide to ban interracial marriage — which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1967 that no state can do.
Cheney, whose daughter Mary is a lesbian, contradicted his own “logic” in stating that he believes that same-sex marriage should be decided by each state. Reports The Associated Press today:
WASHINGTON – Former Vice President Dick Cheney said [today] he supports gays being able to marry but believes states, not the federal government, should make the decision.
“I think, you know, freedom means freedom for everyone,” Cheney said in a speech at the National Press Club. “I think people ought to be free to enter into any kind of union they wish, any kind of arrangement they wish.”
Cheney, who has a gay daughter, said marriage has always been a state issue.
“And I think that’s the way it ought to be handled today, that is, on a state-by-state basis. Different states will make different decisions. But I don’t have any problem with that. I think people ought to get a shot at that,” he said.
Cheney spent most of his speech, and during the questions and answers that followed, defending the Bush administration’s wartime policies….
Now, how in the fuck do you reconcile Cheney’s statement that “freedom means freedom for everyone” — I mean, we don’t need to have an argument over the meaning of the word “everyone,” do we? — but that each state should be able to determine the freedom of someone to marry whomever he or she chooses?
You can’t. You can’t reconcile it and you can’t defend it.
Dick Cheney can’t — and Barack Obama can’t, either.