John Kerry mentioned their gay daughter during the final presidential debate — comments Kerry said were meant to be positive about families with gay children. Mary Cheney, one of two Cheney daughters, is openly gay and an official in the Bush-Cheney campaign. They love their daughter. I was trying to say something positive about the way strong families deal with this issue. Cheney, introducing her husband in a post-debate appearance Wednesday night in Coraopolis, Pa. Cheney said.
Cheney’s lesbian daughter writes about life as Cheney’s daughter
Dispute Over Gay Marriage Erupts in Cheney Family - The New York Times
In the final presidential debate, John Kerry responded to a gay-rights question with a reference to Vice President Dick Cheney's gay daughter. The vice president's wife, Lynne Cheney, immediately went ballistic, condemning Kerry in her most moralistic tones as "not a good man" for the "cheap and tawdry political trick. Well, yeah, if the Cheneys -- supposedly outraged by the violation of their daughter's privacy -- get their way and keep the issue burning brightly in the public eye. How incredibly sad for Mary Cheney, the lesbian in question. And not for the reasons that her parents and the pundits have been screaming about.
Cheney Delighted as Lesbian Daughter Marries
Tears or no, the feud Vice dramatizes in the Cheney family over Mary Cheney's sexual orientation was very much real. Here, according to previous PEOPLE reports, other news accounts and statements from the Cheneys themselves, is the true story behind their fight, the crux of which was love — familial and romantic. Growing up, the Cheney daughters were a vivacious and personable duo: together on the road, handing out pamphlets and swag at campaign events. While a junior in high school, Mary came out to her family as gay.
The former talk show host who has made two unsuccessful runs for the White House made the comments Monday night in an interview with Sirius OutQ, a satellite radio station that provides programming aimed at gays and lesbians. After saying homosexuality is "selfish hedonism," Keyes was asked if that made Mary Cheney "a selfish hedonist. In the days before the Republican National Convention, Dick Cheney spoke at some length about the fact that Mary is a lesbian and his view of gay relationships.