Roger L. Simon

The Cheney Household Gets Its Act Together

Not much more than a month ago, the media was reporting a rift in the Cheney household on the gay marriage issue:

Lynne Cheney, the vice president’s wife and mother of a lesbian, said Sunday that states should have the final say over the legal status of personal relationships.

That stand puts her at odds with the vice president on the need for the constitutional amendment now under debate in the Senate that effectively would ban gay marriage.

Well, not anymore, apparently, if we’re to believe this “developing” Drudge Report. Evidently the Vice President said the following when asked “What do you think of homosexual marriage?” out on the hustings today:

“Lynne and I have a gay daughter, so it’s an issue our family is very familiar with. With the respect to the question of relationships, my general view is freedom means freedom for everyone… People ought to be free to enter into any kind of relationship they want to.

“The question that comes up with the issue of marriage is what kind of official sanction or approval is going to be granted by government? Historically, that’s been a relationship that has been handled by the states. The states have made that fundamental decision of what constitutes a marriage.”

Doesn’t sound too far from his wife. What does this add up to? The obvious – gay rights in our society, even among supposed conservatives, are rocketing ahead as well they should. Sure ups and downs will occur, but the barriers in this last battle of the civil rights movement are coming down. The Cheney are acting like good parents of an obviously terrific daughter. [But what about Halliburton? -ed. Oh, gimme a break!]

UPDATE: The more complete coverage on CNN is very interesting. It pits Cheney against Bush on the issue, to some extent. I, of course, am on Cheney’s side here.