Hey Cheney: Hypocrite much?

One of the reasons that I like reading Andrew Sullivan is that he represents a more "old Skool" conservatism, fiscally conservative, and the rest isn’t your business. This is, of course, partially because he is openly gay ( The openly part is that which differs him from the majority of Republican leaders in congress). He posted a real nice post about how hypocritical Republicans are about homosexuality and family:

Mary Cheney is pregnant and will have a child with her wife of almost twenty years, Heather Poe. Except they live in Virginia which, with the enthusiastic backing of the Republicans, has declared itself homorein, and so no legal protections for Cheney’s and Poe’s marriage or custody of their child will be available. There is surely coming a point at which the sheer dissonance between what the GOP base believes and the way even the most conservative vice-president in modern times deals with the reality of his own family must surely prompt some kind of Republican adjustment.

You cannot be a party that sees gay love, marriage and parenthood as the work of Satan and have a vice-presidential family that is busy building a lesbian family as an integral part of it. For my part, congratulations to the two moms and best wishes for a healthy, safe pregnancy and birth. And congrats to the lucky grandparents on both sides. Commiserations to James Dobson, Hugh Hewitt, George Allen, Rick Santorum, Sam Brownback, Mitt Romney, and, of course, George W. Bush, who backed a federal constitutional amendment to strip the daughter of his vice-president of dignity, family and civil rights.

It’s sad that this is even interesting or relevant, but what else can you say when you watch a Grandfather work to empower those who want to strip his daughter and grandchild of their familial rights?

Source: Andrew Sullivan | The Daily Dish: James Dobson’s Nightmare

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  1. There is a law (I don\’t know the specifics) but it says that a children must attend a school between certain ages.  I support this law and believe it makes this country a better place.  However, my son doesn\’t want to go to school. 
     
    – Am I a bad parent for not wanting a law change to support my child\’s choices?
    – Do I still love my son even though his choices aren\’t legal?
     
    <TODO>Now that I have given an example how a parent can love a child but disagree with their choices, rehash the gay marriage debate</TODO>
     

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  2. It all slides on varying degrees of wrong, is it wrong to disobey a law that you disagree in? Yes actually, that\’s why it\’s called Civil Disobedience. But presumably, that disobedient action is geared towards affecting a change in the law, that you see as a greater societal good. and in the course of breaking the law, it is done with the full understanding that one will pay the consequences. (fine, imprisonment, etc.). But this is different, Cheney actively supports those who are making actions illegal, with no sociental benefit, and then claming to be the party of "lesser government" and "individual responsibility".This is simply legislating morality for no good reason, then claiming that that is not what you believe in, and doing it in a way that impacts his own grandchild. He then cries for others to respect the privacy for his daughter, while working to remove that privacy from others. Frankly, I feel that Government has no place in Marriage, at all. But should only work towards civil unions for everyone (basic property rights, etc). Marriage is a Church-sanctioned union, and government should not be allowed to interfere. But that isn\’t the system we have, so you gotta play with the cards you are dealt.

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