Where Are the Mommies?

May 29, 2007 at 9:06 am 3 comments


Looking at this pic you would think that Dick and Lynne Cheney had given birth to another baby. The reality is that the baby was born to their lesbian daughter Mary and her partner Heather Poe, but they are completely absent from any of the official photos put out by the White House. This is what we should call using a baby as a political football. That’s something that Mary chastised the LGBT community about when she announced that she was pregnant. She has been silent now that her parents are using her baby to get a bit of good press and a “warm and fuzzy” of the Vice-President into the media.

Jennifer Christler of Family Pride Coalition nails it in this op ed:

The fact that this White House chose to announce the birth of Vice President Cheney’s grandson — Samuel David Cheney — with a photo of the baby without either one of his two mothers in sight should come as no surprise. This administration continues to try to have its cake and eat it too when it comes to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans.

Think about it. Samuel is the Cheney’s sixth grandchild — but can you recall seeing photos of any of the other grandchildren? The only thing that makes Samuel’s birth newsworthy at all is that his birth mother, Mary Cheney, is both a lesbian and the daughter of the man who is second in command of an administration that has been more destructive to the lives of LGBT parents and their families than any other group in American history.

By virtue of Mary’s status as the Vice President’s daughter, she and her partner, Heather Poe, continue to be arguably the most prominent Republican lesbian couple in the country. Mary’s pregnancy has been covered by the media since it was first announced. The couple welcomed their first child, Samuel, into the world earlier this week. And yet the mothers are not included in the photo that was sent out to announce the birth of their child.

A more astute media might be asking why there is no photo availability of the entire family, but that is not happening. As a result of the absence of a compelling and truly representative visual to accompany the story, there has been minimal media coverage of the latest addition to one of the nation’s most prominent LGBT-headed families. Once again, this administration has manipulated the media for its own purposes — and the media has allowed them to do so. And, once again, LGBT-headed families remain largely faceless and invisible to the majority of America.


Entry filed under: Advocacy, Conservatives, Dick Cheney, Family, LGBT, Politics, Republicans.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. mirth  |  May 29, 2007 at 2:36 pm

    Astute media? Get real.
    This is typical and disgusting shit from Dick and Dickess, and it doesn’t say much good for Mary either.

  • 2. Christopher  |  May 30, 2007 at 7:21 am

    That poor infant.

    Imagine opening your eyes and seeing that monster Lynne Cheney looking at you. Talk about being traumatized.

  • 3. bloggernista  |  May 30, 2007 at 3:01 pm

    I know. Poor kid is going to make some therapist rich. But, the way that are hiding Mary and Heather is despicable.


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