Thursday, October 14, 2004

Don't Call My Gay Daughter A Lesbian!

I just don't get it.

You're telling me the GOP takes umbrage to Kerry's comments about Cheney's openly gay daughter? Seriously? This comment is a problem:

Mr. Kerry: We're all God's children, Bob, and I think if you were to talk to Dick Cheney's daughter, who is a lesbian, she would tell you that she's being who she was. She's being who she was born as. I think if you talk to anybody, it's not a choice. I've met people who struggled with this for years, people who were in a marriage, because they were living a sort of convention, and they struggled with it. And I've met wives who are supportive of their husbands or vice versa when they finally sort of broke out and allowed themselves to live who they were, who they felt God had made them. I think we have to respect that.
Yeah, what an asshole.

Of course, wonder why the Cheneys weren't hopping mad before?

From the Edwards/Cheney Debate:

EDWARDS: Now, as to this question, let me say first that I think the vice
president and his wife love their daughter. I think they love her very
much. And you can't have anything but respect for the fact that they're
willing to talk about the fact that they have a gay daughter, the fact that
they embrace her. It's a wonderful thing. And there are millions of
parents like that who love their children, who want their children to be
happy. . . . .

CHENEY: Well, Gwen, let me simply thank the senator for the kind words he
said about my family and our daughter. I appreciate that very much.
No, Cheney didn't comment past that. But this guy has a record of, shall we say, expressing himself forcefully if need be. Just ask Senator Lahey.

One reader has argued that there is a difference between calling her "gay" and calling her a "lesbian." I'm not sure what it is.

I suppose on a certain level the GOP should be applauded for standing up for gay Americans. Oh wait, but they aren't. Their attitude is based in a presumption of shame: how dare Kerry "out" the Cheney's daughter? What's the problem, y'all? She's gay. Deal with it.

Now, if the question was on boozy college graduates and he picked on Bush's kids, THAT would've been wrong.

1 comment:

cd said...

Don't Call My Gay Daughter A Lesbian!

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On : 10/14/2004 4:40:01 PM Bethany (www) said:


Thanks for commenting on this. I, too, am failing to see how IGNORING gays and lesbians is somehow beign respectful, but publicly SUPPORTING them is rude and "over the line."

To loosely quote G. Keillor who quoted another bible banger, Dante said that the hottest place in hell is reserved for those who refuse to speak up in a time of importance.

Lynne and Dick: Your love of your daughter for who she is shouldn't be conditional upon who's listening or watching. GOD is watching and you're day of reckoning will come.

Put THAT in your church pamphlet.

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On : 10/14/2004 11:33:05 PM timed exposure (www) said:


There is the issue of Mary Cheney's privacy, but that was certainly through out the window when her father talked about her at a campaign stop in Iowa in August. Then again she was mentioned during the Veep debate.

I think what bothers some people (though I haven't heard/seen Republicans make this argument) is that it might be construed as somewhat Machiavellian. The idea is that KE'04 are appealing to the bigotry of social conservatives who think there is something wrong with being gay (which of course there isn't). Kausfiles mentioned this today (http://slate.msn.com/id/2108107/). I'd like to think it wasn't something so devious as using (and thereby implicitly encouraging) bigotry.

All that said, it sucks that it even matters whether Mary Cheney is a lesbian. I couldn't care less. And I think this whole bruhaha is ridiculous