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Dick Cheney 'surprised' at lesbian daughter's 'attack' on her sister over gay marriage

Former US vice president says it's his 'preference' that such conflicts stay within the family

Dick Cheney 'surprised' at lesbian daughter's 'attack' on her sister over gay marriage

Former US Vice President is making clear he is not pleased with the public feud that has erupted between his two daughters.

Mary Cheney, a lesbian who is married with children, slammed sister Liz Cheney on Facebook last month for not supporting gay marriage.

The two have not spoken since August.

‘We were surprised that there was an attack launched against Liz on Facebook, and wished it hadn’t happened,’ Cheney tells ABC News.

He adds: ‘It’s always been dealt with within the context of the family and frankly that’s our preference.’

Liz Cheney is challenging the incumbent Republican for the US Senate in Wyoming and said on NBC’s Meet the Press last month that she believes in the ‘traditional definition of marriage.’

This drew a sharp rebuke from Mary Cheney’s wife, Heather Poe who wrote on Facebook: ‘Liz has been a guest in our home, has spent time and shared holidays with our children, and when Mary and I got married in 2012 – she didn’t hesitate to tell us how happy she was for us. To have her now say she doesn’t support our right to marry is offensive to say the least.’

Mary Cheney then added:’Liz – this isn’t just an issue on which we disagree – you’re just wrong – and on the wrong side of history.’

Poe and Mary Cheney were married in Washington DC in June 2012 on the 20th anniversary of their first date.

Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne, were not in attendance explaining that their daughter ‘wanted to avoid having it be a media circus or having it become part of the political debate.’

He said then: ‘Lynne and I were very proud and happy and congratulated them. They’ve been an important part of the family for a long time. Provided us with two of our seven grandkids.’

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