There’s something about Mary Cheney that really riles up gay leftists. My short post linking Robbie’s most excellent post asking what that good woman has to do to earn the affection of gay activists attracted well over 170 comments. It seems that each participant in the thread put more effort into his comment than I did into the post.
I think Calarato may well be right when he suggested that:
the gay left’s hatred of Mary can be explained by their envy. . . . . Mary has a father who loves and supports her. Mary is out and proud, yet gets along with her family. Mary’s decision to be out, proud and pregnant has not cost her family’s love.
And I have long said that she has done more for gays than most activists. Merely living her life openly as a lesbian, she has helped change attitudes toward gay people. And now that her pregnancy has once again brought her into the news, she helps people see the real face of gay America, a bright, normal young woman in a committed relationship who wants to have and raise a child (just like bright, normal young straight women).
But, because of her prominence, gay activists want her to be something that she is not — an activist constantly promoting their causes. And because she does not meet the expectations that they have set for her, they fail to see what she has really accomplished.
Just a few hours ago, I defended Mary to a skeptical lesbian who, like so many other gay people, faulted the Vice President’s daughter for not doing enough. I reminded her of the example she sets and noted how her father has disagreed publicly with the president on one issue only since then-GOP nominee George W. Bush tapped him as his running mate in the summer of 2000 — gay marriage. But, she had not heard that the Vice President had spoken out against the Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA). She said that if he had done so, she would give him credit for doing that. (Now, all I have to do if provide her the link.)
It’s too bad more gay people can’t do as this woman appears willing to do, acknowledge that the Vice President had stood up against that pernicious proposal.
It saddens me that so many gay people remain unwilling to acknowledge that while Mary Cheney has not been an activist, her very circumstances have made it possible for conservatives to have a positive image of well adjusted, mature gay person living a normal life. When Hugh Hewitt gave her a full hour on his program last June, he not only provided a forum for this opponent of the FMA, but also introduced his conservative audience to a well-spoken lesbian, thus providing a better image of the real gay American to those accustomed to seeing us as caricatures.
It’s unfortunate that gay activists have little stomach for Mary Cheney. For, without even trying, she is doing their work for them — improving the image of gay people in America. Well, that is, unless they have a different agenda, like undermining conservative politicians and principles — and promoting left-wing policies.