Liz Cheney reaffirms opposition to abortion and gay marriage

Liz Cheney, who has launched a primary challenge against Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), reaffirmed her opposition to both abortion and gay marriage on Friday.

"I am strongly pro-life and I am not pro-gay marriage. I believe the issue of marriage must be decided by the states, and by the people in the states, not by judges and not even by legislators, but by the people themselves," she said in a statement released by her campaign.

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The statement indicates the campaign was prompted to clarify the candidate's position on the two issues after it became aware of a "push poll" currently being conducted in the state that allegedly suggests Cheney "supports abortion and aggressively promotes gay marriage."

Cheney campaign spokeswoman Celeste Colgan suggested that the poll was being conducted by the Enzi campaign.

“This is dirty tricks politics at its worst,” she said. “It is sad and completely out of character with the way we run campaigns here in Wyoming to see the Enzi camp stoop to this level.”

The Enzi campaign denied having conducted any such poll.

Cheney's position on gay marriage puts her at odds with both her sister and her father. Mary Cheney, Liz Cheney's sister, is openly gay and last year married her longtime partner.

Her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, came out in favor of gay marriage in 2009, but has said the issue should be left up to the states to decide.