Anyone still harboring doubts that we need a Federal Marriage Amendment should read what Mary Cheney has to say about it in her new book. No, you don't have to buy it. A five-minute skimming session in the bookstore is all it will take.
In a few breezy sentences, Mary Cheney confidently relegates a few thousand years of religious tradition regarding the nature of marriage to an historic footnote and curiosity. According to her, legal formalization of this traditional arrangement would abrogate freedom and be discriminatory.
Cheney effortlessly transforms traditional marriage and family from the core institution on which our free society is built into an instrument of oppression.
With little thought, she glosses over the truth that this is not about freedom but about the exchange of one source of authority for our laws and values for another. Will it be the bible or Mary Cheney's youthful passions and impulses?
Now, admittedly, I come from a different place than Mary Cheney. Sure, there are lesbians in the ghetto. But they generally don't "discover" their sexuality one post-pubescent day and break the news to their doting parents, amidst tears and hugs. Growth in black lesbianism is generally the product of a culture where families already have been destroyed. These aren't pioneers venturing out of an intact family that has given them a good life, to discover a new "lifestyle." The injustice and discrimination they feel is to never have had the opportunity to grow up in an intact family and to understand what it means to have a man in your life who is responsible and from whom you can receive love and respect.
So, as conservative black activists like myself work to put humpty dumpty back together again in the way of the black family, we now have Vice President Cheney's daughter working to get the message out that there really is no point to it. By her standards, the inner city is utopia. Give vent to every impulse, legitimize every feeling and, by all means, don't be judgmental.
What Mary Cheney calls oppressive and straight, blacks call white.
It's hard to figure out whether Mary Cheney is simpleminded or just disingenuous.
Here is an exchange between her and Chris Wallace of Fox News:
Wallace: ... Look at this quote from the Weekly Standard. "Once we say that gay couples have a right to have their commitments recognized by the state, it becomes next to impossible to deny the same right to polygamists, polyamorists, (which I learned means group marriage) or even cohabiting relatives and friends." How do you respond to the slippery slope argument?