Last updated on: 3/18/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

Dick Cheney, MA Biography

Title:
46th Vice President of the United States
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“I think that freedom means freedom for everyone. As many of you know, one of my daughters is gay and it is something we have lived with for a long time in our family. I think people ought to be free to enter into any kind of union they wish. Any kind of arrangement they wish. The question of whether or not there ought to be a federal statute to protect this, I don’t support. I do believe that historically the way marriage has been regulated is at the state level. It has always been a state issue and I think that is the way it ought to be handled today, on a state-by-state basis. Different states will make different decisions. But I don’t have any problem with that. I think people ought to get a shot at that.”

Speech at National Press Club for the Gerald R. Ford Foundation journalism awards, c-spanvideo.org, June 1, 2009

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • 46th Vice President of the United States, 2001-2009
  • Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Halliburton Company, 1993-2000
  • Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute, 1993-1995
  • Recipient, Presidential Medal of Freedom, 1991
  • Secretary of Defense, 1988-1993
  • House Minority Whip, 1988
  • Chairman, House Republican Conference, 1987
  • Chairman, Republican Policy Committee, 1981-1989
  • US Congressman (R-WY), 1978-1989
  • Assistant to the President and White House Chief of Staff, 1975-1977
  • Deputy Assistant to the President, 1974-1975
  • Vice President, Bradley, Woods & Co., 1973-1974
  • Assistant Director, Cost of Living Council, 1971-1973
  • White House Staff Assistant, 1971
Education:
  • MA, Political Science, University of Wyoming, 1966
  • BA, Political Science, University of Wyoming, 1965
Other:
  • Co-founder, Project for the New American Century
  • Member, Advisory Board of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs
  • Former Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
  • Former Board Member, Proctor & Gamble
  • Former Board Member, Electronic Data Systems
  • Former Board Member, Union Pacific
  • Legal name Richard Bruce Cheney
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?