Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Holy Mary Mother of... What?!

Did ya hear about it?

Mary Cheney is pregnant. Daughter of the right-wing vice-fascist Dick Cheney is due in late spring sometime. Yep, you heard it right. Mary is pregnant.

And--surprise, surprise--conservatives are a bit pissy about it. Not happy that Shrubya couldn't get discrimination written into the constitution, but simply usually embarrassed by Dick's little wayward sheep, she is front and center once again, but instead of the left being pissed that she worked for the homo-bashers of the United States, she's pissed off the other half of the country by wanting to be a mother.

From the article:

"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."
Are they kidding? Study after study proves that having two penis' or two vaginas' as parents is neither better nor worse than having one of each. (You can see here, here, here, or do your own search and find hundreds of articles by non-biased sources on how the scare tactics of the right are just hot-air...)

What amazes me, actually, is just how fast this not only became off the air, but how, with such a high-standing "moral majority" public official as patriarch of this family hasn't been called out by the right-wing big-whigs, like Dobson, Falwell, or even Robertson. Why are they suddenly mum? When did they get scared of "calling sin a sin"? Now because it's "one of their own" so-to-speak, they just hope it will go away?

I'm also wondering what Mary and her partner are thinking here. They live in Virginia--one of the most anti-gay family states you could possibly settle in. Heather won't be able to make medical decisions for her children, take them to the doctor, sign a field-trip notice--nothing. You think I'm exaggerating, but ask a gay couple with children who live in such a state, they'll tell you what's what. I wonder if Dick will look back on the legislation he helped to sponsor, always spoke up about--will he regret any of it? Now that his grandchild--his grandchild--won't have the same opportunities or even care that any children of straight (even unmarried straight) parents do. Have they discussed this?

I must give kudos to Dick and his wife, though. The only statement they released said, "They look forward to the birth of their new grandchild." Nothing more. No judgments, no "we're embarrassed" remarks, all very low-key and supportive in its absence of hatred. And really, what's a Dick to do? Forbid his almost 40 yr old daughter from having a child? Ground her? Wait, I know, I know--make her get an abortion, but then claim it was because Mary's health was in danger (from screaming mobs of peaceful fundamentalist Christians trying to protect families...). Yep, that's it.

It's almost a shame that the original Mary ruined that excuse for pregnant women everywhere--that it was sky god's child, and therefore a miracle. We all still think births are miracles in our personal lives--every time I look at one of my nieces or nephews, I look at them in wonder. Hopefully, Mary and Heather's child won't face the hatred others have before. Perhaps this kids' very powerful grandpa will pull strings, get the kid the rights that all same-sex couples should have to protect and care for their children. We'll just have to wait and see, I suppose.

Congratulations, though, Mary and Heather. I hope you all have very happy, wondrous lives, and that Mary, you will think twice now before you support your father anytime he wants to discriminate against you and your family. Maybe it will take having your child to see this--who knows?

Who knows... Perhaps it will take this family's first-hand experience to realize that it isn't that gays that want special rights--it's straight right-wingers that want to keep their own rights special.

2 comments:

mom said...

hello jason! i just wanted to say that i think the cheney grandparents are doing a great job in what i know how they are handling the fact they have a gay child who now is going to have a new grandchild. i have no idea really what is all going to happen in the world of these people who are in power but when you yourself go through things first hand it makes you look at things much different. maybe some of the fundies will look at this and see how the cheney family is doing it all and stop saying things like why don't you control your child even if your child is grown and out of the house!! i know i heard this more than once in my life by some and i know they have no idea since they have not gone through it or they are very narrow minded. i wil pray for them all since i know the family are going through some tough times with some people. i have learned a lot of lessons with having a gay child and some of my other children taught me some things also. now that i am older i can say i am wiser! :) and i will add i did learn these things with the help of my kids wonderful father and my Heavenly Father. i do want to reach out to help others where ever especially if they are facing some tough times with things that they might be facing with thier loved ones. love and prayers

mom said...

hello jason! i just wanted to say that i think the cheney grandparents are doing a great job in what i know how they are handling the fact they have a gay child who now is going to have a new grandchild. i have no idea really what is all going to happen in the world of these people who are in power but when you yourself go through things first hand it makes you look at things much different. maybe some of the fundies will look at this and see how the cheney family is doing it all and stop saying things like why don't you control your child even if your child is grown and out of the house!! i know i heard this more than once in my life by some and i know they have no idea since they have not gone through it or they are very narrow minded. i wil pray for them all since i know the family are going through some tough times with some people. i have learned a lot of lessons with having a gay child and some of my other children taught me some things also. now that i am older i can say i am wiser! :) and i will add i did learn these things with the help of my kids wonderful father and my Heavenly Father. i do want to reach out to help others where ever especially if they are facing some tough times with things that they might be facing with thier loved ones. love and prayers