Janice Crouse of Concerned Women for America has said that Vice President Cheney’s gay daughter, Mary, has done something “unconscionable” and “very disappointing.”
Carrie Gordon Earll, a policy analyst for the conservative Christian ministry Focus on the Family, has made it clear that what Mary has done is just a lousy idea.
So sinful are Mary’s actions that the White House is facing mounting criticism and the possibility of yet another drop in popularity (as if that’s even possible at this point) all because Mary did THIS:
A. Joined the liberal Unitarian Church, which openly accepts gay people
B. Adopted an HIV-positive infant son with her partner of 15 years
C. Gave 10 percent of the profits from her recent book to a charitable organization that provides support for teens with gender issues
D. Became pregnant
E. Went to Massachusetts and got married to her partner
D: Mary Cheney and her partner of 15 years, Heather Poe, will be getting a visit from the stork sometime in late spring.
"It's very disappointing that a celebrity couple like this would deliberately bring into the world a child that will never have a father," said Janice Crouse of Concerned Women for America, a senior fellow at the group's think tank. "They are encouraging people who don't have the advantages they have." Crouse also added that the news of Mary’s baby would, in conservatives' eyes, be damaging to the Bush administration.
Carrie Gordon Earll, a policy analyst for the conservative Christian ministry Focus on the Family, expressed empathy for the Cheney family but depicted the pregnancy as unwise. "Just because you can conceive a child outside a one-woman, one-man marriage doesn't mean it's a good idea," Earll said. "Love can't replace a mother and a father."
Family Pride, which advocates on behalf of gay and lesbian families, noted that last month Virginia, where Mary Cheney and her partner live, became one of 27 states with a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
"Unless they move to a handful of less restrictive states, Heather will never be able to have a legal relationship with her child," said Family Pride executive director Jennifer Chrisler.
Chrisler went on to add that the couple "will quickly face the reality that no matter how loved their child will be. ... he or she will never have the same protections that other children born to heterosexual couples enjoy. Grandfather Cheney will no doubt face a lifetime of sleepless nights as he reflects on the irreparable harm he and his administration have done to the millions of American gay and lesbian parents and their children.”