Cheney spat highlights GOP dilemma on gay marriage

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Associated Press

Posted on November 19, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 19 at 6:06 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The dispute over gay marriage between Dick Cheney's daughters is shining a bright light on the Republican Party's broader dilemma with the issue.

Public support for gay marriage has been rising dramatically.

Yet a big majority of Republicans opposes it. They tend to nominate candidates for Senate and president who oppose gay marriage as well.

Republicans will confront this issue in congressional and governors' races next year. It could play an even bigger role in the 2016 presidential election.

The national GOP platform opposes gay marriage.

Former vice president Cheney's daughters engaged in a public spat this week. Liz Cheney is running for the Senate from Wyoming. She opposes gay marriage. Her sister Mary is married to her longtime female companion.

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