Video of the Day: Dick Cheney Endorsing Gay Marriage in 2009

Lest we forget in the uproar provoked by Vice President Biden's remarks, George W. Bush's former vice president was out front on this issue years ago.

Speaking at the Gerald R. Ford Foundation journalism awards at the National Press Club in July 2009, former Bush Vice President Dick Cheney took a stand in favor of recognizing gay marriages at the state level in response to the question, "Is some form of legalized gay marriage inevitable in the United States?"

Cheney replied:

Well, I think that freedom means freedom for everyone. As many of you know, one of my daughters is gay and it is something that, uh, we have lived with for a long time, in our family. I think people ought to be free to enter into any kind of union they wish. Any kind of arrangement they wish. The question of whether or not there ought to be a federal statute that governs this, I don't support. I do believe that historically the way marriage has been regulated is at the state level. It has always been a state issue, and I think that's the way it ought to be handled today, that is on a state-by-state basis. Different states will make different decisions. But I don't have any problem with that. I think people ought to get a shot at that.

Worth recalling in light of the furor over Vice President Biden's remarks on Meet the Press on Sunday that he was "absolutely comfortable" with gay marriage.

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Garance Franke-Ruta is a former senior editor covering national politics at The Atlantic.

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