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During an interview on MSNBC back in 2009, Liz Cheney (who just announced that she is running for Senate) seemed to indicate tentative support for marriage equality and LGBT rights at large, saying: "Well, look I think, you know, my family has been very clear about this, that we think freedom means freedom for everybody and that this is an issue that states have to decide for themselves."

While Cheney's language is hardly a full-throated, ringing endorsement of equality ("this is an issue that states have to decide for themselves"), her aligning herself with her family is encouraging: her sister, Mary, who is an out lesbian and her father both are on record support marriage equality. She went on to reiterate opposition to a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, expressed support for the State Department's extension of benefits to same-sex couples, and said, "I think it's wrong to discriminate, in those relationships, based on someone's sexual preference." Additionally, she supported repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell.

All this leads me to wonder, should we be rooting for Cheney in her primary campaign against Enzi? Don't get me wrong: I would abhor seeing either of them elected to the Senate. Both embrace the Tea Party agenda and the right's nutty conspiracy theories wholeheartedly. That being said, even if the primary is as ugly as possible, the winner of the GOP primary will, come 2014, be elected Senator in a state as ruby red as Wyoming. Given that either of them would both toe the Tea Party line if elected, why not root for Cheney in the hopes that she might be a sleeper vote for LGBT rights such as the Employee Non-Discrimination Act? It's hard to see on what issues she might be farther to the right than Enzi.

Am I missing something here? Is there some issue on which Enzi is to the left of Cheney that I missed?


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