Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said that U.S. Senate hopeful Liz Cheney is on the “wrong side of history” with her personal opposition to same-sex marriage.
Speaking with Jorge Ramos on Wednesday, Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) said that families deserve the protections that come with having a marriage acknowledged by the government.
“Most of America agrees, every loving committed couple should be able to celebrate their love and celebrate their marriage,” the senator said. “We have so many American families whose children want their parents to have the same protections and respect that all parents have. This is the American family, this is the face of the American family. And we want all loving couples to be able to celebrate their marriage.”
The children of former Vice President Dick Cheney have been publicly sparring over same-sex marriage in recent days.
Liz Cheney, who is running for a Senate seat in Wyoming, said on Fox News Sunday that she believes states should have the right to create the definition of a marriage, but that she personally thinks marriage should be between a man and a woman.
“I do believe in the traditional definition of marriage,” she said.
Mary Cheney, who is a lesbian, was watching the show at home, and shot back on Facebook:
“Liz—this isn’t just an issue on which we disagree—you’re just wrong—and on the wrong side of history,” she wrote.
Mary Cheney’s wife, Heather Poe, also commented on the social media site:
“I can’t help but wonder how Liz would feel if as she moved from state to state, she discovered that her family was protected in one but not the other,” Poe wrote. “Yes, Liz, in fifteen states and the District of Columbia you are my sister-in-law.”
Dick Cheney has said that he personally supports same-sex marriage, but that states should be able to decide the legal definition themselves.
Watch Sen. Gillibrand on “AMERICA with Jorge Ramos” Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET.