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Dick Cheney enters daughters' public gay marriage feud

n this photo released by Fox News Sunday, June 16, 2013, former Vice President Dick Cheney speaks on Fox News Sunday in Washington. Cheney says his health is "nothing short of a miracle." After his heart transplant in 2012 at age 71, Cheney says he wakes up each morning "with a smile on my face, thankful for the gift of another day I never expected to see." (AP Photo/Fox News Sunday, Fred Watkins)

As Billy reported, Mary and Liz Cheney have been duking it out over the issue of gay marriage on Facebook. The spat erupted after Mary posted that sister Liz, an opponent of gay marriage, is on "the wrong side of history."

Now, dad is stepping in to end the sibling feud.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney hugs his daughter, Liz Cheney, at the 2010 Conservative Political Action Conference. (Image: AP)

The Hill reports that former Vice President Dick Cheney has come to the defense of daughter Liz, a candidate for the U.S. Senate in Wyoming:

Cheney and his wife, Lynne Cheney, released a statement saying Liz has always opposed gay marriage and defending her treatment of her sister.

"This is an issue we have dealt with privately for many years, and we are pained to see it become public," the senior Cheneys say in a statement.

"Since it has, one thing should be clear. Liz has always believed in the traditional definition of marriage. She has also always treated her sister and her sister's family with love and respect, exactly as she should have done. Compassion is called for, even when there is disagreement about such a fundamental matter and Liz's many kindnesses shouldn't be used to distort her position."

Despite his public defense of Liz and her opinion, the former vice president has been a supporter of gay marriage for some time, an issue which separated him from President George W. Bush.

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