Posted by: bridget | 1 February 2007

Republican Values and Gay Values: Not so Different

Mary Cheney recently spoke at Barnard about her decision to have a baby and her opposition to the very traditional, anti-gay marriage/parenting segment of the Republican party.  She demonstrates, quite well, that gays are really advocating for a very conservative life: the right to marry in order to create a stable family and the ability to bring children into a stable, loving, two-parent home.  (This, in an era where nearly 40% of children are born out of wedlock.) This is all about as Leave it to Beaver as you can get, but Miss Cheney went a step further by saying, “This is a baby. This is a blessing from God. It is not a political statement. It is not a prop to be used in a debate by people on either side of an issue. It is my child.”  She did not say that this will be a baby but is currently a fetus; it is not an embryo, zygote, or a “blob of cells,” but a human worthy of love.  Unlike heterosexuals, gays do not accidentally become pregnant, abort, or have kids because the condom failed: their decision to parent must, by definition, be done affirmatively.  Pro-marriage, pro-child, pro-life: if the religious right were to disentangle faith and politics, it would find staunch allies of the traditional movement in the gay community.


  1. This is really cool… I want make the best use of my easy awe I have read a good joke in internet ;) What did one wall say to the other wall? Meet you at the corner.

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