From USA Today:

WASHINGTON (AP) Conservative leaders voiceddismay Wednesday at news that Mary Cheney, the lesbian daughter of DickCheney, is pregnant, while a gay-rights group said the vice presidentfaces "a lifetime of sleepless nights" for serving in an administrationthat has opposed recognition of same-sex couples.

Mary Cheney, 37, and her partner of 15 years,Heather Poe, 45, are expecting a baby in late spring, said Lea AnneMcBride, a spokeswoman for the vice president.

"The vice president and Mrs. Cheney are lookingforward with eager anticipation" to the arrival of their sixthgrandchild, McBride said.

Mary Cheney was an aide to her father during the2004 campaign, and now is vice president for consumer advocacy at AOL.She and Poe moved from Colorado to Virginia a year ago to be closer tothe Cheney family.

Family Pride, which advocates on behalf of gayand lesbian families, noted that Virginia last month became one of 27states with a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

"Unless they move to a handful of lessrestrictive states, Heather will never be able to have a legalrelationship with her child," said Family Pride executive directorJennifer Chrisler.

The couple "will quickly face the reality thatno matter how loved their child will be. ... he or she will never havethe same protections that other children born to heterosexual couplesenjoy," Chrisler said. "Grandfather Cheney will no doubt face alifetime of sleepless nights as he reflects on the irreparable harm heand his administration have done to the millions of American gay andlesbian parents and their children."

Eduardo M. Peñalver is the Allan R. Tessler Dean of the Cornell Law School. The views expressed in the piece are his own, and should not be attributed to Cornell University or Cornell Law School.

Also by this author

Please email comments to [email protected] and join the conversation on our Facebook page.

© 2024 Commonweal Magazine. All rights reserved. Design by Point Five. Site by Deck Fifty.