It would happen on a day when I’m running errands and thinking about things other than politics when one of my political heroes says something which shows why I so respect him.
And how wonderful it is that we gay Republicans can in one week hear a man deliver a speech which becomes a rallying cry for conservatives, then barely two weeks later, break ranks with the party on gay marriage. Rare that we gay conservatives see a man so outspoken on issues near and dear to our hearts. As most of you know by now, since the news broke while I was away from a computer, in response to a question at the National Press club, the former Vice President said he believed marriage should be a state issue:
And I think that’s the way it ought to be handled today, that is, on a state-by-state basis. Different states will make different decisions. But I don’t have any problem with that. I think people ought to get a shot at that . . . .
Thank you, Mr. Cheney.
And we know that he has dared speak out because, well, not only he is a smart man, but he’s also a good Dad. He would likely not have spoken out if he did not have a lesbian daughter.
While gay groups regularly fault Mary Cheney for not being the activist they believe she should be, she, simply by being herself, has done more to advance understanding of gay people. With her Dad, beloved on the right, publicly expressing his support for a federal approach to same-sex marriage, many conservatives may reconsider their views on same-sex marriage. After all, they’re more likely to listen to a man they respect than those who insult their political confrères. Cheney has credibility with the people whom most need to be moved if Prop 8 is to be overturned.
When will gay activists thank Mary for bringing her Dad around on this issue?
In her own quiet way, Mary Cheney has accomplished a lot more than the activists who take to the streets shouting left-wing slogans. For our part, we say to her, “Thank you”