WASHINGTON–Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney said Friday he was delighted after his lesbian daughter Mary married her long-term partner Heather Poe. The wedding came amid fierce debate about gay marriage, after U.S. President Barack Obama recently came out in favor if it, while his likely Republican rival Mitt Romney opposes same-sex marriage. Cheney and Poe, who have two children, were married in Washington D.C., where gay marriage has been legal since 2010, reports said. “Mary and Heather have been in a committed relationship for many years, and we are delighted that they were able to take advantage of the opportunity to have that relationship recognized,” said a Cheney family statement. “Mary and Heather and their children are very important and much loved members of our family and we wish them every happiness,” it added. Forty-three-year-old Mary Cheney confirmed the news on her Facebook page, according to People magazine. “Very happy to announce that as of this morning, Heather and I are legally married (at least in D.C.).
They married 20 years to the day after their first date, she added. The couple has a 5-year-old son and a 2-year-old daughter. Cheney has said he believes U.S. states should decide on legalizing same-sex marriage, but he backed then-President George W. Bush’s efforts to establish a constitutional ban on gay marriages. “He sets the policy for this administration, and I support the president,” Cheney said in a 2004 vice presidential debate, according to the Los Angeles Times. But since leaving office in 2009 he has changed his stance and opposes a federal ban, it said. In February 2010 Cheney said it was “time to reconsider” the ban on gays serving openly in the U.S. military. Obama last year pushed through a repeal of the 1993 law known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” which required gay and lesbian troops to keep quiet about their sexual orientation or face expulsion from the force.