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Whoa_Nelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-18-04 09:18 PM
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Website Pressures Cheney's Gay Daughter (on opposing const. amendment)
CYBERSPACE - A Website has been set up to wage a letter-writing campaign pressuring the lesbian daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney to oppose a proposed Constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

The site's home page features an electronic postcard, to be submitted to Mary Cheney in care of the White House, urging her to oppose the proposal publicly. Though it features sample text, it encourages visitors to replace it with their own public letter to her. The group is also trying to stir an advertisement-buying campaign likewise pressuring her to oppose the amendment proposal.

The sample text reads: Vice President Cheney, your father, recently said he would support adding anti-gay prejudice to the US Constitution, making you and millions of other Americans second-class citizens. As an open lesbian who has worked for years as a public advocate for gay civil rights, you are in a unique position to defend yourself and your community in this dire hour. Won't you join us in publicly opposing this bigoted un-American proposal? Sincerely, A concerned citizen.

"President Bush and far-right extremists want to add anti-gay language to the US Constitution," said the organizer of the campaign,, in a question-and-answer section on the site. "As the openly lesbian daughter of Vice President Cheney, Mary Cheney is uniquely situated to help her community in this dire hour. She already has a history of publicly working on our issues, from her time as a paid gay liaison for Coors and serving on the board of the Republican Unity Coalition (a gay Republican group devoted to stamping out anti-gay prejudice in the Republican Party). Now that Mary's father has said he would support adding anti-gay prejudice to the US Constitution, we believe Mary has a unique opportunity here to do the right thing and make a difference."

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2004Donkeys Donating Member (123 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-18-04 09:30 PM
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1. The next Patti Davis?
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JohnnyFianna1 Donating Member (218 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-18-04 10:14 PM
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2. Yup another Patti Davis
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Whoa_Nelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-18-04 10:26 PM
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3. Welcome to DU!
Hello and welcome, JohnnyFianna1! :hi:
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hlthe2b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-18-04 10:28 PM
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4. My sympathy and empathy goes to Mary Cheney-- far more than the
Bush twins. It can't be very pleasant being Cheney's daughter, first of all. But, also to have an entire segment of the population expecting you to stand up-- not only to your father-- but the policies of the entire administration and to become the poster child of the "resistance." While I like to think that I'd voluntarily step up to the plate if situations were reversed, I'd certainly hate to be coerced to do so in such a public way. It seems that all are content to let the Bush twins alone to live their own lives, but Mary Cheney does not have a choice and must assume the very public role of lead advocate for gay marriage?

Just my thoughts. I certainly understand the importance of the issue and temptation to recruit her help. But, is this really fair?

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mitchtv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-18-04 10:33 PM
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5. if she were not campaigning for her father ,
I'd say no its not fair. My understanding is, however , that she campaigned last time , and will again. In that case yes, not only is it fair, it is necessary .
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hlthe2b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-18-04 10:44 PM
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6. I hadn't heard that she is campaigning for Cheney-Bush*
And, I agree, if true, that does change things.
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theHandpuppet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-18-04 10:49 PM
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7. You said it!
It's not as if Mary Cheney can be ambivalent about this issue if she is actively campaigning for the Bush/Cheney ticket and all the Republican ticket stands for -- ie, if it doesn't prick her conscience to work for a party actively seeking to legally condemn the gay community in the US Constitution, then I think it is perfectly legitimate to expect her to take a public stand for the GBLT community. MC is no innocent bystander in this war for civil rights -- she's making her name and fattening her own bank account courtesy of her political and familial connections. She'll get no sympathy nor any free pass from me!
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mitchtv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-18-04 10:53 PM
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8. have you seen this open letter?
by Michelangelo Signorile

Excuse me for being blunt, but my rights are at stake at the moment, as our born-again president has told his theocratic mentors that hed sell usyou, me and millions of other homosdown the river. So lets get to the point: What the hell happened to you? Are you just another spoiled rich bratthe lesbian Paris Hiltonworried about getting a chunk of those 30 million Halliburton bucks should Dads heart conk out? I mean, this is one of those moments of truth, Mary, one in which the fundamentalist forces of darkness either march into the White Houseenshrining antigay discrimination into the U.S. Constitutionor are beaten back. And so far, youve been working for the enemy, darling.

You may be banking on the idea that people will cut you some slack.

"None of us can imagine how hard it would be to find ourselves between our family and our community," one of your friendsa mutual friend of ours, actuallytold The Advocate last year. "It would cause anyone tremendous heartache."

You may think that kind of sympathy will carry through this election season. Dont count on it.

Quite frankly, you owe us, Mary. Big time. And you better believe that peopleincluding many a gay Republican, at least if my e-mail inbox is any indicationwill be coming to get you, demanding that you fork over that debt, pronto. Unless you speak out now, every time your father or the president or Karl Rove stokes antigay hatred in the coming campaign, folks will be pointing fingers at you and asking, "What the fuck, Mary?!" Perhaps you dont have a conscience and none of this will affect you. But the next time you walk into a gay public place, be prepared for a chorus calling you everything from a quisling and a betrayer to a selfish, fiendish, nasty example of a human being.

It would be one thing if you had simply slithered away into the background when it was announced that your father would be Bushs running mate in 2000. (People cant, after all, pick their parents, as Patti Davis and Ron Reagan Jr. are painfully aware.) Instead, you became active in the Bush/Cheney campaign. As the lesbian poster child, you helped sell the snake oil of "compassionate conservatism." You went along with the program, tricking people into thinking that your father and W. would be tolerant on gay rights. Your father even said during the campaign that the whole issue of gay unions should be left to the states (though he told the Denver Post last week that he would now support an amendment to the Constitution that could very well strip gays of most legal rights, from domestic partnership benefits to adoption rights). As one of Dads political advisors, you helped bring in votes from moderate straights and gay Republicans.

Yes, Mary, Im laying part of the blame for the 2000 election fiasco on you. Had the election not been so close, it wouldnt have been so easy to steal. And it was close, in part, because you conned a lot of people. The 25 percent of gay voters who cast a vote for Bush/Cheneynot to mention the moderates of all sexual orientationswould have made the difference in Florida and New Hampshire (as gays made up at least four percent of the electorate in both states), giving the election to Al Gore. I hear from the voters you misled every day via my website and radio programgay Republicans and others who are infuriated with the president, with your father and with you, Mary.

Some peoplemostly Democrats, actually, who sometimes are just a bit too generous, if you ask mehave mildly defended you, claiming that you truly, if navely, believed you could make a difference. Shortly after the election, you joined the board of the Republican Unity Coalition, the gay/straight alliance. But at about the same time that the Christian zealots began complaining that Bush wasnt harsh enough toward gays, you left RUC and went as far underground as your father, who runs things from his mystery bunker as often as the White House.

And now youve joined the re-election campaign, just in time to hear the president and your father say that they would support a federal marriage amendment.

What is it like, I often wonder, to have your own father court the very religious zealots who believe your kind are emotionally disturbed child molesters? What does it feel like to have your own father empower people who, if they could have their way, would force you to go through "conversion therapy"? What is it like to know that your own family takes cash from people who think youd be better off dead, and think youre going straight to hell when that happens?

Those who defend you say that you must feel absolutely terrible. They surmise that maybe you actually left RUC in protest, realizing that change in the party wasnt possible, thus washing your hands of the entire matter. For that reason, they say, you shouldnt now be blamed for trying, nor held accountable for your fathers positions. But the fact that you went to work for the re-election campaign says otherwise.

So heres my theory, and maybe you can confirm it for me: The gay marriage issue is splitting the Republican Party; Dad and his crowd have told you that theyve got to appear to be supportive of a constitutional amendment at this point, while theyre still firing up the religious right base. Once they have that constituency nailed down and they enter the general election, theyll move toward the middle; theyll say that theres no need for the amendment, as the Defense of Marriage Act takes care of it. Youll then be hauled back out of the closet to help snatch those moderate and gay Republican voters.

Lets put aside the fact that Dad and company have lied before. Even if this scenario proves true, in the process there will be a lot of political gay bashing, the kind that fuels the Christian right as well as thugs on the streets. The impact of that cant be underestimated, and yes, Mary, blood will be on your hands too. Im sure you think thats unfair of me. But life is unfair. Just think: You could be a poor dyke getting your head bashed in a rough, urban neighborhood every day of your life. Instead, youre a woman of privilege who has done a lot of damage and now needs to take responsibility for it by stepping down from the campaign and speaking up. History, Mary, will judge you by what you choose to do in the coming months.

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LifeDuringWartime Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-18-04 11:57 PM
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10. damn
that writer holds no punches back, does he?
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jburton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-18-04 11:37 PM
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9. kick n/t
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