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Veep's lesbian daughter
targeted by Web site
By CHRISTOPHER SEELY
THE MASTERMINDS BEHIND THE
Stop Dr. Laura campaign are at it again,
waging a full-scale attack on Vice President
Dick Cheney's lesbian daughter, who they
say has been conspicuously silent about
her father's stance on gay marriage.
Gay activists John Aravosis and
Robin Tyler launched the Web site
DearMary.com on Feb. 13. They want-to
convince Mary Cheney to stand up to
her father and publicly oppose the
amendment, Aravosis said.
"She has been put in a unique place
to make more difference than all of us
can make combined," Aravosis said.
"With power comes responsibility."
Cheney in the past worked as a paid
gay liaison for Coors Brewing Company
and served on the board of the
Republican Unity Coalition, a gay
rights group, Aravosis said.
But Cheney, 34, resigned from RUC
last year. She is now director of vice
presidential operations for the Bush-
Cheney re-election campaign, with an
annual salary nearing $75,000 after
taxes, according to the Washington Post.
Mary Cheney should speak out not
only because of her personal family life
but also because of her professional
role, Aravosis said.
"This is not some wallflower lesbian
making cookies for her woman at
home," Aravosis said.
Officials at the Bush-Cheney re-election campaign did not respond to interview requests.
DURING HER TENURE AS PROFES-
sional gay advocate, Cheney urged
the Republican Party not to focus on
"We can make sexual orientation a
non-issue for the Republican Party, and
we can help achieve equality for all gay
and lesbian Americans," Mary Cheney
said in an April 2002 statement, according to Newsweek.
But now some conservative
Republicans are actively supporting
state and federal initiatives to ban gay
marriage, and Cheney's father, the vice
president, has said he will follow
President Bush's lead on the issue.
Dick Cheney said in 2000 that gay
marriage should be decided by states,
but recently said he will support Bush
if the president backs a constitutional
amendment banning legal recognition
of gay couples, according to the
The gay Log Cabin Republicans said
last week that a Bush administration
The lesbian daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney
has remained silent about her father's support for a
constitutional ban on gay marriage, prompting gay
activists to ask, 'Have you seen Mary Cheney?'
(Photo courtesy of DearMary.com)
source told the group the president
plans to publicly support the amendment, although he hasn't yet.
Mary Cheney, who is in a long-term
relationship, has made no public comment on her father's position on the
Gay writer Michelangelo Signorile
took Cheney to task in a column titled
"Dear Mary" published in the Jan. 20
New York Press. Signorile's column
inspired DearMary.com, Aravosis said.
Signorile, who has visited the site,
called it "a good tool to educate people"
and reiterated his belief that Mary
Cheney needs to speak up now to be
viewed favorably by history.
"Mary Cheney should publicly say
that she disagrees with the president and
with her father," Signorile said. "And I
believe she cannot work for a campaign
that would support a federal marriage
amendment. And if they do support it, I
believe she should step down."
In its first five days, the Web site
posted more than 2,150 letters to Mary
Cheney and received an average of
50,000 hits per day, Aravosis said.
Some 90 percent of the letters have a
compassionate tone, he said.
But one gay couple that waited in
line in San Francisco for a marriage
license shamed Mary in their letter on
the site, saying that her silence made
her worse than her father, who publicly
supports a gay marriage ban.
"If you do not speak now, Mary, you
will rightfully be remembered only as
part of the biggest disgrace against
what being American is all about — the
belief that everyone is equal," wrote
Mikko and Ari from West Hollywood,
Calif. "We hope you do the right thing.
We wait for your answer."
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