Liz Cheney said she 'was wrong' for opposing same-sex marriage and had reconciled with her sister

By Kelsey Vlamis

Rep. Liz Cheney says she was wrong when she condemned same-sex marriage in 2013 remarks that led to a public feud with her sister, who is married to a woman.

In an interview that aired Sunday, the "60 Minutes" correspondent Lesley Stahl pointed out that Cheney's father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, had spoken out in favor of same-sex marriage at the time. She asked Cheney, a Republican from Wyoming, how she defended her decision to oppose it.

"I was wrong," Cheney said. "I was wrong. I love my sister very much. I love her family very much. It's a very personal issue and very personal for my family. I believe that my dad was right. And my sister and I have had that conversation."

She added: "We need to work against discrimination of all kinds in our country, in our state. We were at an event a few nights ago, and there was a young woman who said she doesn't feel safe sometimes because she's transgender. And nobody should feel unsafe. Freedom means freedom for everybody."

Cheney was running for Senate in Wyoming in 2013 when she said she opposed same-sex marriage. At the time, her sister, Mary, had been with her wife since 1992 and married to her since 2012.

Mary Cheney denounced her sister at the time and said she was treating her family like "second-class citizens."

In a post Sunday, Mary Cheney said she loved her sister and was "so proud of her."

"It took a ton of courage to admit that she was wrong back in 2013 when she opposed marriage equality," she wrote in a Facebook post. "That is something few politicians would ever do. I have nothing but respect and admiration for the strength of character she continues to show on a daily basis."

"And as her sister — I have one more thing that I just have to say," she added. "I told you so."