Vice President Dick Cheney has announced that his daughter Mary Cheney wll give birth to a boy.Ã‚Â
I am happy for Mary and her partner Heather Poe, a couple who have been together for about 15 years.Ã‚Â I’m sure they will be fantastic, loving parents.
The vice president is delighted about the arrival of his new grandson, his sixth grandchild.Ã‚Â This one will arrive into the world a loved child with two loving parents to raise him.Ã‚Â As Virgina residents though, a state not exactly friendly to same-sex couples, one wonders what would happen to the child should Mary Cheney get thrown under a bus.Ã‚Â Would Heather get custody of her son?Ã‚Â Or would the Cheney’s raise the child in a culture that isn’t so….gay?
I’ve gotten into it with Matt Cunningham and Chuck DeVore on the issue of gay marriage before.Ã‚Â I believe gays and lesbians are unfairly discriminated against.Ã‚Â They do not want special rights but equal rights.Ã‚Â But this is still not the case.Ã‚Â So the VPs new grandchild arrives as a bastard child to an unwed mother?Ã‚Â Or is it more a problem that a couple is going to bring a child into the world and raise a young man among, gasp, lesbians!Ã‚Â How will he ever win the “my dad can kick your dad’s a$$” arguements at school?
One key difference between conservatives and liberals is the definition of family.Ã‚Â With conservatives, it’s a married man and woman with children, period.Ã‚Â With Democrats, your family is extended to people you love and who love you.Ã‚Â My daughter has had the same nanny since she was three months old.Ã‚Â Woe is you if you try to tell my daughter and her nanny that they are not family.Ã‚Â They may not share blood, but they do share hearts. That’s whay binds strong families; love.
Gay marriage doesn’t destroy families; divorce does.Ã‚Â Just ask Rudy Guiliani, or Newt Gingrich, or Rush Limbaugh — all of them two-time losers in the marriage department.Ã‚Â
I realize Mary Cheney is being loyal to her father, but I don’t understand why Republicans can’t be more inclusive here.Ã‚Â For an Orange County perspective, there’s this post from a Lob Cabin Republican blog, http://outinsidethecabin.blogspot.com, that highlights the intolerance on this issue that continues to this day in California.