Mary Cheney, daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney, is a lesbian. This is not a recent revelation, yet the media continues to treat it as one.
And so the media go gaga over the fact that Mary Cheney is pregnant and that she will raise the baby with her lesbian partner, Heather Poe. "News of the pregnancy will undoubtedly reignite the debate about gay marriage," explains The Washington Post. "Cheney has described her relationship with Poe -- whom she took to last year's White House dinner honoring Prince Charles and Camilla -- as a marriage."
Cheney's pregnancy raises two questions. First, does her homosexuality mean that she has a moral duty to stop campaigning for the Republican Party? Second, and more importantly, does the Republican Party have a moral duty to stop Cheney from campaigning on its behalf?
The answer to the first question is easy: no. How Cheney defines herself politically is her business. Politics is about the ordering of values. In the aggregate, Cheney obviously believes that the Republican Party better reflects her values. Yes, the Republican Party opposes societal approval of homosexual activity; yes, the Republican Party opposes redefinition of marriage to include members of the same sex. Cheney votes and campaigns Republican anyway, which means that she values national security and economic policy above policy on homosexuality.
This is an entirely rational decision, though the left sees it as treason for anyone homosexual to worry about causes other than homosexuality. For the left, homosexuals are one-dimensional. They're here, they're queer -- and that's about all they are. Cheney angers the left because she is a human being, not a caricature. She may be a lesbian, but she cares about the war on terrorism and government spending. Her lesbianism is an aspect of her identity, not her entire identity.
Does this make Cheney a hypocrite? Absolutely not. Hypocrisy is defined as pretending to hold beliefs that one does not actually hold. Cheney does not pretend to agree with the Republican Party's platform on marriage or homosexuality. She disagrees openly and publicly. That she endorses the party nonetheless suggests merely that the GOP's stand on homosexuality is not a make-or-break issue for her.
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