“My View” from the June 25, 2012, edition of “Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer.”
Last week, Mary Cheney married her longtime partner, Heather Poe, in a same-sex wedding in Washington, D.C.
Now, Mary, as y’all know, is the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, or as the Secret Service used to call him in the White House, Geppetto.
The Cheney family was understandably delighted that Mary could finally legally marry the person she loved, right here in America.
So on behalf of all the progressives in America, Cheney family, allow me to say, “You’re welcome.”
Because while Dick Cheney’s party was spending decades calling people like Mary deviant or unnatural, the liberals were fighting for her. When Karl Rove made same-sex marriage a wedge issue to divide Americans in the 2004 election, liberals were writing the checks to defeat that homophobic agenda. And when Fox News spent hundreds of hours lying about people like Mary and calling them a threat to traditional marriage, the very people Mary’s dad so deeply despises were the ones standing up for her liberty.
So you’re welcome, Cheneys, we were happy to do it.
But Mary, question: Did Mitt Romney send a gift, hmm? Did he send a card? Did he at least text you, “Hollaback, Mary”?
See, this could be a good time to remind the Cheney family that their party is about to run a candidate for president who is on the record supporting a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
You might ask yourself, “Hey, self, why would the Cheneys vote for a man who so blatantly disregards one of their own? Why would they support a homophobe for president?”
You know why? Because Mitt Romney’s not really a homophobe.
See, back in ’94 he told the Log Cabin Republicans he’d do whatever he could to bring about full equality for gays and lesbians. Then he came out against civil unions. Then he came out for them. Then he came out against them. And I love it when the anti-gay guys dig having it both ways.
But in light of his previous compassionate stances, one can only conclude that Gov. Romney isn’t a homophobe — he just can’t risk losing the homophobic vote.
And a calculating nonbigot who profits from bigotry — I think — is just a little bit worse than an actual ignorant bigot.
But in fairness, at least Dick Cheney himself was ahead of the curve. He was in favor of letting gays serve in the military long before President Obama — while doing nothing about it. He was also pro-gay marriage long before President Obama — again, while doing nothing about it.
So at least Mary Cheney’s dad is proof of something no GOP president can ever admit — evolution is possible.