WASHINGTON — Dick Cheney says he didn’t see the point of raising the issue of gay marriage in the 2000 presidential campaign, even though he supported it.
The former vice president suggested it wouldn’t have done much good and probably would have sunk President George W. Bush’s prospects for office. “Why?” he responded to ABC News when asked in a televised interview whether he should have pushed harder for gay couples to marry.
Cheney’s daughter, Mary, married her longtime partner this June.
Cheney said of the wedding: “I’m sure it was fine. We wished them well. She wanted to avoid having it be a media circus or having it become part of the political debate. So Lynn and I were very proud and happy and congratulated them.”
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The state initially began conducting gay marriages on June 16, 2008. On November 5, 2008, however, California voters passed Proposition 8, which amended the state’s constitution to declare marriage as only between a man and a woman.
The gay marriage bill was signed into law by Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) on March 1, 2012. Opponents have since gathered enough signatures to force the issue back onto the ballot in November 2012. If the referendum fails, same-sex marriage ceremonies are set to begin on January 1, 2013.
On February 13, 2012, Gov. Christine Gregoire (D) signed a law allowing same-sex marriage ceremonies to begin on June 7, 2012. The process was delayed by gay marriage opponents who gathered enough signatures to put the issue up to a state vote in November 2012.