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Marriage amendment's new foe: Mary Cheney

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Mary Cheney holds the Bible as Vice President Dick Cheney is sworn in for a second term in office. - COURTESY OF THE WHITE HOUSE.
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  • Mary Cheney holds the Bible as Vice President Dick Cheney is sworn in for a second term in office.


Mary Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, will help raise money for an effort to defeat a proposed constitutional amendment in Indiana to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Mary Cheney, who is married to a woman and has two children, will host a reception from 5:30-7 p.m. on Dec. 11 at the Crowne Plaza hotel in downtown Indianapolis.

Basic tickets for the event are $30 for young adults under 30 years old and $100 for all other individuals. Sponsorships range from $500 to $5,000.

In an email announcing the event, Cheney said her opposition to the constitutional amendment "isn't a matter of politics. It's about family. It's about everyone feeling welcome in the state they call home."

The event is part of an effort by Freedom Indiana, a coalition of businesses, groups and individuals, to block the amendment, which will be considered by the General Assembly in the 2014 legislative session.

The Republican-controlled legislature has approved the amendment once but it must pass a second time before it can go on the ballot for ratification by voters. If that second approval doesn't come in 2014, the multi-year approval process starts over.

A number of conservative lawmakers and organizations support the amendment and say protecting the institution of marriage from changes is important. But the proposed amendment goes farther and would ban civil unions as well.

Cheney said in her email that "freedom means freedom for everyone."

"For me, that's not just another saying," she said. "It's who I am - the core of what I believe. No one should be denied the fundamental liberties we all deserve."

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