Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary
By now you have undoubtedly heard the news that our Vice President's lesbian daughter Mary Cheney will be giving birth to a baby in late spring. Ms. Cheney will be sharing the parenting responsibilities with Heather Poe, her partner of 15 years. (Both pictured above looking as if they are enjoying courtside seats at a WNBA game.) What a conundrum for the Bush administration who's official response to the situation was "Doh!"
Other conservative groups have been more vocal on the subject. In an article entitled "Mary Cheney's Pregnancy Affects Us All" (because everything is their business apparently) Janice Shaw Crouse of Townhall.com who is part of a conservative "think tank" called Concerned Women for America said:
"Mary Cheney is contributing to a trend that is detrimental to all Americans who will live with the ramifications of millions of children whose anger and frustration at not knowing their father will be felt in the public schools and communities of our nation. "Crouse however does not comment on the anger and frustration of children who are the product of miserable heterosexual marriages that stay together "for the kids" or children forced to live up to their parents rigid conservative ideals.
Carrie Gordon Earll of the ever-so-enlightened group Focus on the Family focuses on the Cheney family declaring the pregnancy "unwise" saying:
"Just because you can conceive a child outside a one-woman, one-man marriage doesn't mean it's a good idea."
And finally, Bree VanDeCamp-Hodge of Wysteria Lane was reported to have said on the subject "No father? No baby gift."
Indeed, the identity of the biological father of Mary's baby is being withheld leaving one to conjure up visions of a virgin birth so close to the holidays--perhaps a bone being thrown to the Christian Right.
Poe and Cheney make their home in Virginia, one of 27 states with a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Nevertheless, Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynn, are said to be looking forward to the arrival of the little bastard who will be their sixth grandchild.