She ain’t a lesbian. She’s my daughter…

There seems to be quite a bit of manufactured outrage over John Kerry mentioning that Mary Cheney is a (shhhh!) l-e-s-b-i-a-n. In fact, based on comments like this, it appears that the only three people in America who aren’t upset are these three guys.

You see, it seems that although Mary Cheney is gay, she is not a lesbian.

Kerry’s defenders said he was well within bounds, particularly given that Cheney has also talked about his daughter when discussing gay issues.

But both the vice president and his wife went after Kerry with strong words.

“You saw a man who will do and say anything to get elected,” Cheney told a rally in Fort Myers, Fla. “And I am not just speaking as a father here, although I am a pretty angry father.”

He told a local TV station: “I thought it was totally inappropriate.”


The vice president spoke this summer about his daughter’s sexuality and his view of gay relationships. He also publicly disagreed with Bush about the need for a constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriages, saying he preferred that the states settle the issue.

“Lynne and I have a gay daughter, so it’s an issue our family is very familiar with,” Cheney told a Davenport, Iowa, audience that included his daughter. “With respect to the question of relationships, my general view is freedom means freedom for everyone.”

As Dick demonstrated, it’s only those urbane and worldly people of Davenport, Iowa who can handle the fact that Mary Cheney indulges in the love that dare not speak its name in front of Lynne Cheney. The rest of us in the hinterlands must get by disregarding Ms. Cheney entirely (even though she is publicly working for her father’s campaign) or I guess we can refer to her as “the girl on the low-dick diet”.

I mean, whatever makes you most comfortable…

By the way, there is some concern about this bringing out the bigot vote:

For example, we agree that it is not a “low blow” to mention that Mary Cheney is a lesbian. The issue here is motive; that the Kerry/Edwards campaign is using her sexuality in an effort to turn out the bigot vote. Interpreting their name dropping as a kind gesture is wrong, and totally naive.

I think the Republicans have owned that vote since way back

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