Monday, July 12, 2004

Lynn Cheney Courageously Opposes Anti-Gay Amendment

Lynn and Dick Cheney have a successful lesbian daughter, Mary, who is working as director of vice presidential operations for the Bush-Cheney campaign. Although this fact hasn't stopped the Vice President from standing behind a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage, it apparently has given his wife, Lynn Cheney, pause. In courageous public comments yesterday, Lynn put herself publicly at odds with her husband on the issue: "First of all, to be clear that people should be free to enter into their relationships that they choose. And, secondly, to recognize what's historically been the situation, that when it comes to conferring legal status on relationships, that is a matter left to the states," she said.


At 8:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lynn's comment is just silly. In other words: People can enter into any relationships they want. But the states gets to validate these relationships (or not) as they please.

And yes, I'm blatantly oversimplifying.

At 9:57 AM, Blogger Lost In NY said...

Actually, Lynn's comment lies on solid intellectual footing as her argument is the very same "state's rights" platform that has long existed in American - and colonial - discourse. With federalism having come to dominate constitutional debate during Justice Rehnquist's time on the Supreme Court, Lynn's comment can hardly be called silly. Then again, maybe I am giving a mother protecting her daughter too much credit.


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