Dick Cheney: You're My Daughter, I Love You, and I Just Want You to Be Happy

Every American family has loved ones who are gay. Even the Vice President of the United States is personally touched by this subject.

Mary Cheney, his daughter, has been out in her public life for years. You could often see her with her partner on stage during the 2004 election events. A few years back, she worked for Coors as a liaison to the gay community. But now Mary Cheney is preparing to release a memoir in which she discusses, among many other topics, how her parents reacted to her coming out.

Vanity Fair magazine, as reported by Raw Story, has some early excerpts:
Vanity Fair editor Todd Purdum reports that Mary Cheney tells her story in a voice very much like her father’s, and that she came out to her parents when she was a junior in high school, on a day when, after breaking up with her first girlfriend, she skipped school, ran a red light, and crashed the family car. Cheney writes that her mother hugged her, but then burst into tears, worried that she would face a life of pain and prejudice.
Although the Bush administration has backed a constitutional ban on civil unions and marriage in the U.S. Constitution, Vice President Cheney has made it clear he personally opposes it:
“Lynne and I have a gay daughter, so it’s an issue our family is very familiar with,” Cheney told an audience that included his daughter. “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."
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