Speaking to a crowd at Barnard College in Manhattan this week, Vice President Dick Cheney’s lesbian daughter Mary defended her pregnancy and same-sex parenting:
“When Heather and I decided to have a baby, I knew it wasn’t going to be the most popular decision. [points to womb] 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, on either side of a political issue. It is my child.”
Calling Focus on the Family wingnut James Dobson “not someone whose endorsement I have ever drastically sought,” Cheney told the crowd exactly what the Bush administration’s religious right-wing base doesn’t want to hear:
“Every piece of remotely responsible research that has been done in the last 20 years has shown there is no difference between children raised by same-sex parents and children raised by opposite-sex parents; what matters is being raised in a stable, loving environment.”
Following the event, Cheney told the NYT that Wolf Blitzer “was trying to get a rise out of my father” when he asked about the baby during an on-air Situation Room interview. (watch)
The Vice President told Blitzer that his questioning was “out of line”.