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WASHINGTON--Former Vice President Dick Cheney was asked Wednesday if gay marriage in the U.S. was "inevitable" and the father of a gay daughter said it's okay by him if states want to legalize same-sex unions.
"Well, I think, you know, freedom means freedom for everyone.
"And as many of you know, one of my daughters is gay. And -- something that we've 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 that governs this, I don't support. I do believe that historically the way marriage has been regulated is at the state level. This has always been a state issue, and I think that's the way it ought to be handled today -- that is, 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, and they do at present."
Cheney spoke at the National Press Club