August 28, 2004

The Sound of One Finger in the Air

Now, I really don't like Dick Cheney. I thought he was a bad choice for VP and he just is not a friendly guy. However, I am glad that he said what he said on gay marriage a few days ago.

But there are some that think that Cheney is being a selfish jerk on this issue since it happens to be his daughter. In a very mean-spirited essay in the New Republic, Michelle Cottle basically says that Cheney's defense of his gay daughter, his love is "b.s." becuase if he didn't have a gay daughter, he wouldn't care. She then goes on to list a variety of things he hasn't support like civil rights and such becasue he has no personal connection.

I find this whole article rather disconcerting because many liberals say that when people know gay people especially as parents find out their children are gay, they become more gay friendly. I guess that excludes Mr. Cheney. He should love gay people regardless.

Probably the most powerful argument for gay rights come not from gays but from their parents. This is why Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays gets the biggest cheer during any Gay Pride March.

Is Cheney's acceptance of his daughter selfish? Yes. But then so is, any parent's love for their child. Please. What this boils down to is not about gay marriage but about his voting record. Since he is not liberal he doesn't get a shred of sympathy from Ms. Cottle.

As I said before, one doesn't have to agree with Cheney to have some respect for what he did. I don't agree with him on a lot of issues. It would be nice if people like Ms. Cottle could put aside their partisan hatred to at least say one nice word, to see him as at least speaking up for countless conservative parents of gay children who want their children to be happy. Instead, Ms. Cottle chose to be mean and nasty, expecting Mr. Cheney to agree with her on every issue and throwing the baby out with the bath water.

And they say the Right is nasty.

Posted by Dennis at August 28, 2004 01:01 AM

I'm a centrist Democrat who agrees with you that Cheney should not be held to a double standard.

However, it's the strategic timing of the disclosure, and the fact that he will not push his views as an agenda that should have folks crying foul. The statement puts a smiling face on a party platfrom controlled by far-right loonies like Ashcroft, DeLay, and "Mr. Halliburton," whose tepid embrace of his gay daughter hardly mitigates the harm he has inflicted on the US economy and our foreign policy.

Good luck taking back your party! We centrists are counting on you.

Posted by: Lars Murray at September 1, 2004 05:12 PM
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