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Mary Cheney’s Book Tanks in Bookstores

According to THE ADVOCATE, Cheney’s book NOW IT’S MY TURN has sold less than 6,000 copies since its release a month ago. The book’s sales have declined each week since the release, selling a mere 574 copies for the week ending June 3. That’s a 77% drop in sales since the book released.

Simon & Schuster paid Cheney an advance of $1 million for the rights.



Mary Cheney and Dana Garvey’s “Church Lady” Separated at Birth
June 8, 2006, 8:51 pm
Filed under: entertainment, gay and lesbian, Mary Cheney, Uncategorized

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Could it be……SATAN!



Big Surprise: Bush Backs Amendment Banning Gay Marriage

According to the AP today, Bush is predicted to state his support for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage on Monday, the eve of a scheduled Senate vote on the issue.

The amendment has little chance of receiving the 100 votes necessary to pass. Proponents are struggling to get even 50 votes. Several Republicans oppose the measure, believing the decision to allow gay marriage should be left up to the states, and only one Democrat supports the amendment, Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska.

I wonder what our friends the Log Cabin Republicans have to say about their guy now? Just the other day they were applauding his signing of a law banning protestors at military funerals. (Never mind the fact that this law could also be used to ban protestors in general!)



Religious Right Using Mary Cheney to Raise Money
May 30, 2006, 9:19 pm
Filed under: Mary Cheney, religion, Uncategorized

Wow, this is getting interesting. The Family Research Council – a group that helped put George and Dick in the White House – is now using Mary Cheney to raise money for its anti-gay agenda: “The media have delighted in the fact that Vice President Cheney’s daughter publicly opposes the very convictions that brought her father’s political party into the White House,” says the latest e-appeal from the FRC.

hat tips Americablog



Jeb Bush Steps Toward Anti-Gay Marriage Ban in Florida
May 21, 2006, 6:34 pm
Filed under: Bush, gay and lesbian, Mary Cheney, politics, Uncategorized

Jeb Bush

Speaking at a fundraiser for the reactionary right wing group, the Florida Family Policy Council, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said on Friday night that he’s moving toward a state constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. “We may be at that point in our state,” he said.

This statement comes just a few days after Jeb’s sister-in-law, Laura Bush, stated publicly that gay marriage should not be used as a political tool in the fall elections.

Bush tilts toward gay-marriage ban



The Sound of One Hand Clapping: More Applause for Mary Cheney
May 20, 2006, 2:41 am
Filed under: gay and lesbian, Mary Cheney, politics, Uncategorized

If you have not already, please check out Elizabeth Birch and Hilary Rosen
WASHINGTON POST editorial, Mary Cheney’s Step Forward

The editorial is worth a read for the way the authors lay out their argument.

For starters, Birch and Rosen do not defend or back pedal for Cheney and the Republican Party. Instead, they give us the big picture on they ways in which the GOP has used gays and lesbians to jump-start the party’s ultra-conservative base:

“For the past 12 years, like clockwork, GOP strategists have hauled out the issue of marriage between same-sex partners each election year. (Of course they tend not to focus on causes — such as employment nondiscrimination — that enjoy widespread public support.) And, while cynical, heartless and exploitative, it has actually worked to fan the flames of bias, energize the Republican base and create timidity in those elected officials who might want to help us.”

Then Birch and Rosen hold Mary Cheney responsible for her choice to support a party that does not support her. They argue:

“…in the calculus of choosing between her father and the realities of her own life, Cheney has apparently opted to be a loyal daughter. It is her family’s version of “What will the neighbors say?” played out on a grand national political stage, with the neighbors being the hard-core conservative voters of the Republican Party. Mary Cheney has not just stood by but actively worked as a paid campaign operative to reelect the Bush-Cheney-GOP ticket. So the resentment runs deep.”

Now, Birch and Rosen explain why it is that, despite this history, Mary Cheney’s coming out is ultimately a good thing within the context of a bigger picture:

“Yet we’ve concluded that at this moment in time, the past doesn’t seem nearly as important as the future. And though the gay movement deserves credit for much of the acceptance she is receiving, Mary’s presence on the national stage — the daughter of the vice president of the United States discussing issues related to our lives — is most welcome and has the potential to be a transforming moment for all Americans.”

Despite Mary Cheney’s personal choices in the past, and despite how we might feel about those choices, Mary Cheney bringing her sexuality to the forefront now is better than never. Mary Cheney is talking about gay issues within the context of a party that does not want to talk about these issues.

Does that mean Birch and Rosen forgive Mary Cheney? No – it means it’s no longer about Mary Cheney.

So, you might ask, what’s it about then? And what is the sound of one hand clapping anyway?

Hint No. 1:

Ann Coulter is rumored to have said she liked the idea of a President Cheney on today’s Al Rantel Show.



Log Cabin Republicans Applaud Mary Cheney

Republican National Convention

Can YOU find Mary Cheney in this photo?

To the surprise of no one, the Log Cabin Republicans applauded Mary Cheney for sharing her story in her new tell all book, NOW IT’S MY TURN.

LCR also used this opportunity to remind all the liberal leaning gays out there that Dick Cheney – regardless of his party’s platform against gay and lesbian equality – has at least verbally supported Mary’s sexuality, recalling his comments from August 2004:

“Lynne and I have a gay daughter, so it’s an issue that our family is very familiar with. We have two daughters, and we have enormous pride in both of them…And we are blessed with both our daughters. The question that comes up with respect to the issue of marriage is what kind of official sanction, or approval is going to be granted by government…Historically, that’s been a relationship that has been handled by the states. I made clear four years ago…that my view was that that’s appropriately a matter for the states to decide, that that’s how it ought to best be handled.”

For those of you out there not familiar with the LCR, basically they’re a group of mostly white, upper middle-class men who were frat boys in college when they discovered they liked to f#%$ other men, and now – resisting society’s urge to group them with the rest of us fags and dykes – they’re asserting their individuality by being Republicans, despite the fact that the Republican Party is openly hostile to gay and lesbian people (and yes, I know that it was Bill Clinton who voted in “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the first “marriage protection” act). Fellow blogger, Boi from Troy, cleverly coined LCR as the group that stands for sodomy and tax cuts. They’re like Jews for Jesus or African-Americans who voted for George Wallace back in the 60s.

And now they’re applauding the Cheney family. Which nearly works, except that in order to do so, LCR has to avoid blatant inconsistencies in Dick and Mary’s behavior. Such as Mary and her partner’s conspicuous absence from the stage during the 2000 Republican National Convention. Where was Dick and Lynne’s support of their gay daughter then?

Guess it wasn’t politically convenient.