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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Hey, Cheney Family: Parenting Is Always Political

Lynne and Dick Cheney with their newest grandchild (White House photo)Poor little Samuel David Cheney. His famous grandfather doesn't really love him. And even his own mother won't fight for his best interests.

Samuel was born to Dick and Lynne Cheney's lesbian daughter Mary Cheney and her partner Heather Poe yesterday. The senior Cheneys happily posed with Samuel, but Grandpa, who's in a great position to champion gay rights, won't do it.

That will leave Samuel with only one legal parent. Virginia, where Mary and Heather live, doesn't allow the same-sex partner of a parent to adopt that parent's child. It also doesn't allow same-sex marriages or even civil unions.

Will Samuel's grandfather at least say publicly how unfair this is? I doubt it.

Will Mary speak up? Last winter, she said, "This is a baby. This is a blessing from God. It is not a political statement. It is not a prop to be used in a debate by people on either side of an issue. It is my child." Okay, Mary, I understand not wanting to use your baby as a prop. But don't your instincts as a mother urge you to do everything possible to protect your child, such as ensuring that he has two parents? What if something happens to you? Would you want Samuel to be taken away from his other mother? Wouldn't you want Heather to have the legal right to raise him?

C'mon, Dick and Mary. Parenting is always political, whether you like it or not. Do the right thing. Advocate for same-sex marriage.


Unknown said...

Amen to that!

Anonymous said...

If Cheney doesn't use his policital influence to try to change the world to his daughter's views, thats great with me.

Love the baby; don't use the baby to further a cause!!

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