Mary Cheney Considered Quitting 2004 Campaign Over Gay Marriage Issue
May 4, 2006, 2:38 pm
Filed under: entertainment, gay and lesbian

During an ABC “Primetime” interview with Diane Sawyer that airs this thursday night, the Vice President’s gay daughter, Mary Cheney says she “considered quiting” after the President made gays and lesbians the target of his re-election campaign.

Here’s how Mary describes the apex of her “struggle”:

“‘When Bush proclaimed it in the State of the Union, she refused to go. Mary Cheney, a senior campaign adviser, was finally taking her stand…..I didn’t want to be there. No one banned me from being there. But I didn’t want to stand up and cheer,’ she said.”

Gee, Mary, thanks for not standing up and cheering. That must have been really really hard for you.

What were you doing there in the first place?

It’s not enough for her to say now, after all the smoke has cleared and her dad is safely entrenched in his final term as VP, that she “struggled” with her decision to stay the course and continue working for President Bush’s campaign.

As much as I can appreciate her dilemma, I can’t forgive her for lobbying for President Bush as he nailed gays and lesbians to the cross, using us to bait otherwise good people into believing that we want to destroy the “sanctity of marriage,” when all we really want is a piece of it for our own.

It’s one thing to disagree with a cause, sit by in silence and do nothing. Therein lies the banality of evil. Says Dante, “the hottest place in hell is reserved for those who in a time of crisis sat by and did nothing.” But it’s quite another thing to disagree with a cause and actively work to develop it. That’s more than just evil. That’s bullshit.

That Mary Cheney “struggled” is a good sign. It means she has a conscious. But she should have done more than merely struggle. She should have resigned. That she didn’t means she’s morally weak and lacks integrity.

Or it means that she understands the Republican party for what it is. A bunch of hypocrites who say one thing and believe another.

From the ABC interview:

“Sawyer asked Cheney if she and Heather (Cheney’s partner) planned to marry.

‘Well, from my perspective? Heather and I already are married,’ she said. ‘We have built a home and a life together. Um, I hope I get to spend the rest of my life with her. The way I look at it, is we’re just waiting for state and federal law to catch up with us.'”

Mary Cheney isn’t ahead of the federal government, she’s behind it.

For the ABC article on this:

Watch the full interview with Mary Cheney on “Primetime,” Thursday at 10 p.m. ET.


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