Sith Lord former Veep Dick Cheney said he believed “people ought to be free to enter into any kind of union they wish,” he wasn’t just whistling Dixie. Cheney, whose daughter Mary is a lesbian, apparently was one of the straight allies working behind the scenes to help get Maryland‘s marriage-equality bill through the Legislature.
The New York Daily News is reporting Cheney, who has a home on Maryland‘s Eastern Shore, was one of the high-powered Republicans who reached out to GOP legislators to garner support for Friday’s successful vote.
Wade Kach, a Republican legislator from Baltimore County, told The Baltimore Sun he received an offer to talk with Cheney, whom Kach regards as a “great man,” along with messages of support for the bill from other party bigwigs, including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman.
Cheney’s office did not confirm his lobbying Old Line State legislators, the Huffington Post reported.
Kach was one of two Republican delegates who voted in favor of the bill, which passed with 72 votes — one more than needed for a majority.
With the bill clearing the House, it now goes to the state Senate, which passed similar legislation last year, and then on to be signed by Governor Martin O’Malley, who has long been a strong supporter of same-sex marriage.
We’d make a joke about Cheney, gay marriage and strange bedfellows but the image that conjures would make us lose our appetite.
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