Wednesday, May 23, 2007


Mary Cheney gave birth today to her first child, Samuel David Cheney, whom she will raise with her longtime partner Heather Poe.

Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne Cheney, pose with their sixth grandchild, Samuel David Cheney, born Wednesday. (Courtesy White House)

What, no picture with the two mommies?

Mary Cheney's partner of 15 years, Heather Poe, will have no legal relationship with the child under Virginia law, according to Jennifer Chisler of Family Pride: "In the state of Virginia, it’s very difficult for lesbian couples to have children together. Heather Poe will have no legal relationship with her child. She can’t adopt as a second parent. She won’t have her name on the birth certificate."

I understand that the baby will go by the nickname Stan, a shortened version of his Indian name, Stands to Inherit.

When I first heard that Poe and Cheney were expecting a child, and not knowing which one was actually pregnant, I guessed that it had to be Mary Cheney.

With all those millions in deferred Halliburton money just waiting to be inherited and a sister who apparently doesn't use birth control (5 children in the last ten years), what are the chances that Dick and Lynn would leave anything to a child who is, 1) not genetically related to them, and, 2) not guaranteed to be a part of their daughter's life, should she break up with Poe and Poe decided not to allow Cheney to see the child?

What does any of this say for Heather Poe, presumably a republican who is supportive of the Bush-Cheney administration, and Mary Cheney, a rabid supporter of Bush-Cheney who, along with her sister, have been operatives in the administration and the Bush-Cheney campaigns?

What kind of people are these, who think so little of themselves, that they would allow themselves to be treated by the laws of their government so insignificantly?

How patriotic can they be, how sincerely can they believe in the idea that is American democracy, "all people created equal" and rule of law?

And how real is their love and commitment to each other when they work for the very special interest group (Republicans) that stays up nights working overtime trying to think up ways to deny basic rights and protections, not only for themselves, but for their 'other,' the person that they've chosen as their partner through life?

On a lighter and more speculative note, before this baby came into the picture, I thought that a great deal of money had to have been deposited into an offshore account in Heather Poe's name in order for her to forget about the basic protections and recognition that any married person wants and expects.

Now (since the baby), I think there has to be some understanding between her and the Cheneys: If she and Mary break-up, should she be cut out of the child's life, she will publish a tell-all book about the whole damned lot of them.

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