Congratulations to Mary Cheney, daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney. She and her partner of 15 years, Heather Poe, are expecting a child in late spring. While of course it’s wonderful that they are, presumably, happy and excited to build their family (and that they are allowed to do so in this country), I can’t help but be a bit enraged by the situation. Daughter Cheney has worked all she could to get her father’s administartion re-elected so they can further their anti-gay/lesbian agenda, but in her private life she’ll go ahead building her family as she sees fit. And Dick Cheney welcomes his own new grandchild in private, while being a part of a movement that wants to deny that right to others.
The situation reminds me of Norma McCorvey and Sandra Cano, the plaintiffs in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, respectively, who now oppose abortion and have litigated to re-open and overturn the two cases. Having fought and won their own rights to have an abortion, they now want to deny others that same right.
Do as I say, not as I do.
- David S. Cohen