Mother Mary

Mary Cheney, Dick Cheney’s daughter, delivered an 8-pound, 6-ounce baby boy on Wednesday. He is her first child. Samuel David Cheney was born at 9:46 a.m. at Sibley Hospital in Washington, the vice president’s office announced.

Mary’s longtime partner Heather Poe will have no legal connection to Samuel because their home state – Virginia – does not allow second-parent adoption or gay unions. Cheney’s decision to become pregnant and raise a child with Poe was criticized in some conservative circles.

Mary Cheney was an aide to her father during the 2004 campaign and now is vice president for consumer advocacy at AOL.

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  • May 29, 2007 at 7:14 pm
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    Our friends at Americablog.com noticed something rather historic this past week:

    Americablog.com’s founder, John Aravosis points out, “The White House, for the first time ever on its Web site (that I know of), recognized the legitimacy of gay couples as both married and as parents. It was done, innocuously enough, when the White House published a photo of Vice President Dick Cheney’s new grandson, the child of the VP’s lesbian daughter and her lesbian spouse. The White House not only published a photo of the child with the VP and his wife, but the caption was even more telling:

    Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne Cheney, welcomed their sixth grandchild, Samuel David Cheney, Wednesday, May 23, 2007. He weighed 8 lbs., 6 oz and was born at 9:46 a.m. at Sibley Hospital in Washington, D.C. His parents are the Cheneys’ daughter Mary, and her partner, Heather Poe.

    Aravosis continues, “Did you catch that last sentence? The White House officially recognized a lesbian couple as co-equal parents of a child. That not only is a recognition of the legitimacy of gay parents – i.e., if one person is the birth mother and the other the mother’s partner, both are the “parents” of the child, per the White House – but the White House is also, implicitly, recognizing the legitimate couple status of two gay people in love, i.e., they are not simply two unrelated gay people, they are parents, akin to your parents, akin to a married couple. Why do I say that the White House is de facto recognizing gay marriage? Because either Mary or her lover, or both, are not the biological mom of this child – with two women, only one can be the biological parent. For the White House to recognize both as parents means that they are recognizing the legitimacy of the two women as one entity, the parent. Anyway, it’s a hell of a statement by any White House, let alone one of the most conservative in history, and one that prides itself on being so anti-gay.”

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