Mary Cheney, daughter of former vice president, marries longtime partner Heather Poe

WASHINGTON — Mary Cheney, daughter of former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, married longtime partner Heather Poe in Washington, D.C. on Friday, the family confirmed.

The two had been in a committed relationship for many years and were delighted that they could take advantage of the “opportunity to have the relationship recognized,” according to a statement released by Dick Cheney and his wife Lynne.

“Very happy to announce that as of this morning, Heather and I are legally married (at least in DC), 20 years to the day after our first date,” Mary Cheney posted on her Facebook page.

Cheney, 43, is a former AOL executive who later moved into political consulting; Poe, 51, is a former park ranger.

The couple met in 1988 and have two children together, a boy born in 2007, and a girl born in 2009.

Same-sex marriage is legal in the District of Columbia and six states — Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont.

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