Saturday, June 23, 2012

Mr. Cheney, Come On Out

Former Vice President
Dick Cheney
Dick Cheney's daughter, Mary, was married to her longtime partner a few days ago in Washington, D.C.  It was a big moment for gay marriage, and I hope that the former Vice President realizes it.

Cheney has long been seen as a "Darth Vader" kind of character.  An unfeeling and uncaring sort who is often blamed like a bogey man for all the wrong things that happened during the Bush era.  Rightly so, I don't have much love for the man who said we'd be greeted as liberators in Iraq and who seemed as if he was the "brains of the operation" in the White House from 2001 to 2009.

That doesn't mean that he can't change his image.  One way he could do it is to lend his voice to the cause of marriage equality and be a voice to tell parents that it gets better.  He's certainly one of the most famous parents of a gay child in the world.  Why not use that pulpit to bring forth some good in his twilight years?  It might change some minds about Cheney and about the issue.

Listen, I respect that perhaps he doesn't want to step out there so far.  I know it's a ledge for conservatives and right wingers and that there's not climbing back on it if he steps off.  I just think that Cheney would find himself some respect on the other side as a human being from a lot of folks out here fighting for the cause.  He has lobbied before on the issue, but he could do a lot more with his voice in the public realm.

Dick Cheney is probably a good father.  He's obviously loving and accepting of his daughter and her partner's long term commitment to each other.  Why not help out others more?  What other cause is there for an aging politician and policy wonk with nothing but time on his hands?  Maybe this could become his issue for change in the world.

That's why I make a personal appeal to you, Mr. Cheney.  Please be a vocal supporter of marriage equality. You can make a difference.


crm said...

This is a nice post. I agree...this is the right thing to do, and Cheney should do it. End of story. Since when did he care what anyone thought of him, anyway.


Anonymous said...

As a parent we support our children even when we disagree with them. Just because he has a gay daughter that got married does not mean he agrees with gay marriage. Your views on the subject are your views and not everyones and as such does not make you necessarily right on the subject.