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Web site aims at Cheney's gay daughter
AP ^ | 2/21/04 | AP

Posted on 02/21/2004 3:28:39 PM PST by paltz

Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Where's Mary? That's the question asked by a new Web site that wants the vice president's openly lesbian daughter to speak out against a proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriages.

Since going up last Friday, the site has received 3,000 letters from people pleading with Mary Cheney to publicly oppose the amendment.

The project, www.DearMary.com, appears as President Bush is considering supporting such a ban. Some conservative groups want to make the issue a centerpiece of this November's election.

Vice President Dick Cheney said last month that he thinks the matter should be left up to the states, but would support an amendment if the president did.

"Please help us and other people of the same lifestyle to live just as freely as your father," one letter writer from Kansas said. "The goal is to get Vice President Cheney to kill this amendment," said John Aravosis, a Washington, D.C., political consultant who created the site as an offshoot of www.DontAmend.com, which launched last summer.

"The tactic is to convince Mary to do the right thing." A gay rights activist in the past, Cheney, 34, served as a personal aide to her father in the 2000 presidential campaign. She joined the Bush-Cheney re-election campaign last summer as director of vice presidential operations and has largely stayed out of the public eye.

The campaign did not immediately have comment. Aravosis said they have already raised $5,000 through the site. He said at least 80 percent of the funds will go for magazine and newspaper ads, perhaps with Mary Cheney's photograph on a milk carton with the words: "HAVE YOU SEEN ME?" "I wanted the vice president to know that if my family is relevant, then his family is relevant," Aravosis said.

The group is also considering holding protests outside the campaign's Arlington, Va., headquarters


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cheney; civilunion; homosexualagenda; marriage; marriageamendment; marycheney; website

1 posted on 02/21/2004 3:28:39 PM PST by paltz
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To: paltz

here's the picture USA today added.

2 posted on 02/21/2004 3:31:05 PM PST by paltz
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To: paltz
No offense to Dick Cheney, but Mary looks like a dude.
3 posted on 02/21/2004 3:32:51 PM PST by dogbyte12
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To: paltz
Lets say she disagrees with her father.....so?
4 posted on 02/21/2004 3:33:45 PM PST by woofie ( If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried)
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To: dogbyte12
beauty is in the eye of the beholder...
Its a guy trapped in a lesbians body
5 posted on 02/21/2004 3:36:10 PM PST by CGASMIA68
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To: paltz
Maybe someone should put up a website of where Gephardt's lesbian daughter is at.

Gephardt has been silent on gay marriage, IIRC.

6 posted on 02/21/2004 3:36:50 PM PST by Dane
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To: paltz
This is beneath contempt..
7 posted on 02/21/2004 3:41:25 PM PST by international american (Dimpled chads for sale...buy one, get one free!)
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To: paltz
You know, libs can be down right mean!

Family members of politicians should be left alone unless they choose to be involved.

8 posted on 02/21/2004 3:42:30 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (Don't try to tug at my heart strings. I have no heart and it will make me suspicious of your motives)
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To: paltz
It is appears the homosexuals are getting desperate. They must have polling that shows they are loosing on this issue.
9 posted on 02/21/2004 3:44:39 PM PST by longtermmemmory (Vote!)
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To: paltz
Did it maybe occur to any of these folks that Mary is not interested in marriage?
10 posted on 02/21/2004 3:45:56 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah
or that she doesn't agree with homosexual marriage?

c'mon stop using logic. ;-)
11 posted on 02/21/2004 3:48:10 PM PST by BurtS188
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear
Family members of politicians should be left alone unless they choose to be involved.

I agree. That is why the Chelsea Clinton ugly jokes when she was 13 really pissed me off. Not everybody did them, but the lib dems will just say that this makes Mary fair game.

12 posted on 02/21/2004 3:48:11 PM PST by dogbyte12
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To: paltz
wants the vice president's openly lesbian daughter to speak out against a proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriages.

What, are all gays supposed to to think alike?

13 posted on 02/21/2004 3:49:17 PM PST by Flyer (Don't abandon our military - Re-elect President Bush!)
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To: paltz
Who the f%# is John Aravosis to demand that Mary use her relationship with her father to attempt to manipulate his politics for Aravosis's agenda?  

I suspect Cheney and his daughter have made a peace with her sexuality....apparently John thinks those filial ties should mean less than John's own zealotry.

People like Aravosis should be ashamed of their behavior.

But then, if they had any shame, they wouldn't behave the way they do.

14 posted on 02/21/2004 3:49:56 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny
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To: dogbyte12
That is why the Chelsea Clinton ugly jokes when she was 13 really pissed me off.

They annoyed me as well. Spouses, to a point, are fair game. But kids, grown or not, siblings, parents and so forth should be left alone unless they choose to insert themselves into the arena.

15 posted on 02/21/2004 3:53:08 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (Don't try to tug at my heart strings. I have no heart and it will make me suspicious of your motives)
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To: paltz
I hate to say it, but as much as many on the right trash gays and lesbians, it is a bit hypocritical for those same people on the right to rip the left for hammering Mary Cheney for being "absent."

Ultimately, though, I agree that the family members of politicos should be left alone unless they voluntarily join the fray. However, by working on the re-elect, I do believe Mary asked to join the fray.

I may be biased because my best friend is a lesbian (and a Republican who has worked professionally in statewide and Congressional, campaigns, on Capitol Hill as a press secretary, and for conservative organizations. For the record, she is opposed to gay marriage) but I sincerely believe we on the right need to avoid being labled as hypocrites on the "gay" issue: Are we pro-freedom, or are we merely proponents of the federal nanny state - albeit from a different angle than the liberals?

By the way, VP Cheney's view is the correct one: Gay marriage is a state's rights issue. However, unlike our esteemed VP (and my lesbian friend), for whom I have all the admiration in the world, I would not support GWB on a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
16 posted on 02/21/2004 3:54:57 PM PST by NCPAC
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To: paltz
Mary Cheney could put a trial lawyer to good use on this issue.
17 posted on 02/21/2004 3:56:16 PM PST by windchime (Podesta about Bush: "He's got four years to try to undo all the stuff we've done." (TIME-1/22/01))
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To: paltz
This is going to far. I don't have much use for gays, but this is not something Mr. or Mrs. Chaney can do much about themselves. I really don't think they raised her to be that way, but they have to live with it. If you don't like Mr. and Mrs. Chaney thats fine. If you want to voice an opinion of them fine. If you want to talk about their daughter then talk about her, she's in her thirtys.
She's not their responsibility anymore. I'm sorry about being old fashioned but if I've got a a beef with someone I go face to face with the person. If I was forced to go threw the back door with someone it wouldn't be using their gay children to get at them just because they were on the ticket running for vice president. I hope your children grew up like mine did and didn't become gay. Also the back door is lined with barriers of CLAYMORES so be careful if your coming through my backdoor!
18 posted on 02/21/2004 3:59:24 PM PST by JOE43270 (JOE43270)
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To: Psycho_Bunny
This is propaganda tricks, Chenny has come out in favor of the FMA and so they attack the messenger.

Chenny becomes a MORE effective messenger because he has a daugher who practices homosexual sex.

Is this group going to attack parents who rejected their children who "came out"?
19 posted on 02/21/2004 4:00:32 PM PST by longtermmemmory (Vote!)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear
That is why the Chelsea Clinton ugly jokes when she was 13 really pissed me off.
Of course it's insensitive, the time they released the photo of pork chop sticking out from under Chelsea's collar was very disturbing. I thought they had a cat though, not a dog?
20 posted on 02/21/2004 4:03:01 PM PST by olde north church (American's aren't more violent, we're just better shots!!!)
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To: paltz
Perhaps she has her own views that don't happen to coincide with those of the gay activist totalitarians. Like with the blacks, liberals want all members of favored "victim" groups to march in lockstep.
21 posted on 02/21/2004 4:03:32 PM PST by Unam Sanctam
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To: olde north church
That is exactly what I mean. When she is out campaigning for mommy or daddy, (not just working in the back ground but actively campaigning) you can say what you like. Until then there is no need to be cruel.

Besides few of us are raving beauties and even fewer of us were that way at thirteen.

22 posted on 02/21/2004 4:08:02 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (Don't try to tug at my heart strings. I have no heart and it will make me suspicious of your motives)
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To: Unam Sanctam
On a similar point. Have you noticed how diane sawyer tired to attack gibson's love for his father. Could it be, though a lesbian and a disagreement with with father, she still cares for her father and does not want to hurt him.

What if Cheney runs for president?

23 posted on 02/21/2004 4:10:31 PM PST by longtermmemmory (Vote!)
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To: international american
"This is beneath contempt.."

Yes, it is.

24 posted on 02/21/2004 4:34:22 PM PST by jocon307 (The dems don't get it, the American people do.)
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To: paltz
>>"Please help us and other people of the same lifestyle to live just as freely as your father," one letter writer from Kansas said. <<

PLEASE! make the choice that her father did. Find a nice person of the opposite sex and marry for life. Stop getting your jollies with your same sex pal, Letterwriter from Kansas.
25 posted on 02/21/2004 4:38:26 PM PST by netmilsmom (Don't put a question mark where God put a period.)
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To: NCPAC
I would not support GWB on a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

Very tough issue. I think it is wisest to treat heterosexuality as the norm and gays as a tolerated minority, but this is an increasingly hard sell, even to young conservatives. As phrased, I think that the federal marriage amendment would, in the somewhat unlikely event it passed, be like prohibition. It would get repealed.

Better idea would be an amendment which merely forbids judges from forcing one state to recognize another state's same sex or polygamous marriage. Easier to pass and, I think, less likely to get repealed. Sadly, it would mean that liberals would, more than today, gravitate towards liberal states and conservatives towards conservative ones. But it is probably happenning anyway.

As for Mary Cheney, her embarrassing her Dad would not lose him any votes IMHO.

26 posted on 02/21/2004 4:51:04 PM PST by Steve Eisenberg
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To: paltz
here's the picture USA today added.

Right...they throw this tripe out there but somehow didn't find the Kerry-Fonda protest photo relevant.

27 posted on 02/21/2004 4:58:20 PM PST by montag813
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To: paltz
A tolerant and enlightened comment from another leftwing site:

Here's the deal folks; little Mary is a lesbian taking $100,000 a year to help re-elect her father, who supports a ban on gay marriage. She takes the money from people who hate who hate what she does, but act nice to her to curry favor with daddy. sounds very sick to me. what bizarre family values these repubs have!! Most people who take $100,000 a year from an organization which promotes hatred of the very person getting $100,000 would be thought of as either prostitutes or mentally ill. which is it, Mary???

Posted by straight and sick of Bush/Cheney at February 19, 2004 02:07 AM link

28 posted on 02/21/2004 5:02:29 PM PST by mountaineer
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To: international american
beneath contempt

Signs of a despirate loser.

29 posted on 02/21/2004 6:07:04 PM PST by bannie (The government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.)
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To: longtermmemmory
The truth is that most intelligent, wise thinking gays are not in favor of gay marriage.
30 posted on 02/21/2004 6:09:53 PM PST by thesummerwind (Like painted kites, those days and nights, they went flyin' by)
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To: paltz
That's pretty mean.
31 posted on 02/21/2004 6:12:53 PM PST by Tribune7 (Vote Toomey April 27)
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To: paltz
Who elected Mary Cheney?

If she is to be put on the hot seat, the least they could do is elect her to some high office. That's the perk given to most of the other people who are being publicly grilled on this issue.

If Mary Cheney is to be forced to be a political pawn, why not any other private citizen as well?
32 posted on 02/22/2004 5:27:06 AM PST by Devil_Anse
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To: Flyer
Ask Al Rantel or Tammy Bruce.
33 posted on 02/24/2004 12:56:20 PM PST by onedoug
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