19 November 2013

Liz Cheney's homophobia could harm her niece and nephew

The media are abuzz this week with the news that Liz Cheney, daughter of former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney and currently a candidate for the 2014 Republican nomination for U.S. senator from Wyoming, has thrown her openly lesbian sister, Mary Cheney, under the proverbial bus - perhaps for political purposes. Liz had gone on Fox News Sunday this past weekend and said, "I do believe in the traditional definition of marriage."

Mary Cheney and her wife, Heather Poe, promptly fired back. A recent article from The Hill summarizes their reaction quite well with this quote from Poe:

"Liz has been a guest in our home, has spent time and shared holidays with our children, and when Mary and I got married in 2012 — she didn't hesitate to tell us how happy she was for us. To have her now say she doesn't support our right to marry is offensive to say the least."
So it appears that Liz Cheney's newfound(?) rejection of same-sex marriage is intended to score political points with the far-right factions of the Wyoming electorate.

But I'm not worried about the electorate. I'm worried about Liz Cheney's niece and nephew - Mary's and Heather's children. Samuel is 6 years old. Sarah is 4. How will they feel when they someday learn that their Auntie Liz has suggested that their moms' marriage is somehow invalid, perhaps making them "bastards" under some definitions?

Has Liz Cheney thought about this? Does she care at all about their feelings? Or does she care only about her political ambitions?

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