Mary Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, has married her longtime partner, Heather Poe. The couple, who live together in Virginia and have two children, were married Friday morning in Washington, D.C., according to the Daily Caller, a news site co-founded by Neil Patel, a former adviser to the former vice president.
"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," the Cheney family said in a statement.
The Cheneys are perhaps the most prominent Republican family to embrace same-sex marriage.
Dick Cheney has long believed that the question of same-sex marriage should be left to states, but he also supported an effort by the George W. Bush administration for a constitutional ban on same-sex marriages.
Since leaving office, Cheney now opposes a federal ban. "I think people ought to be free to enter into any kind of union they wish," Cheney said in 2009.Walker stops 'Purple' publication in Israel
American writer Alice Walker won't let an Israeli publisher release a new Hebrew-language edition of her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "The Color Purple," saying she objects to Israel's treatment of the Palestinian people. "I would so like knowing my books are read by the people of your country, especially by the young and by the brave Israeli activists (Jewish and Palestinian) for justice and peace I have had the joy of working beside," Walker, an ardent pro-Palestinian activist, wrote in a letter to Yediot Books. "I am hopeful that one day, maybe soon, this may happen. But now is not the time." The chief editor of Yediot Books, Netta Gurevich, said in a statement she regretted Walker's decision. "The Color Purple" -- a tale about black women's struggle against their miserable status in the American South in the 1930s -- had been translated into Hebrew before by a different publishing house.