There's something about Mary
The Presdential debate was declared a draw. The biggest news in the blogosphere and in the media seems to be that Kerry mentioned the fact that Dick Cheney's daughter Mary is a lesbian. She is also an official in the Bush-Cheney campaign.
So what if she is a lesbian..
Kerry felt the need to defend himself, saying that the reference to Dick Cheney's lesbian daughter was made constructively and respectfully.
Like, "with respect, she's a lesbian". But why mention it if you think that a gay sexual orientation is not something shameful?
The candidates were asked if they believe homosexuality is a choice. President Bush, who thinks it is a choice, did not mention Mary Cheney. Then Kerry said,
"We’re all God’s children, Bob. And I think if you were to talk to Dick Cheney’s daughter, who is a lesbian, she would tell you that she’s being who she was, she’s being who she was born as. I think if you talk to anybody, it's not a choice."
He's wrong. Obviously Bush thinks it is not a choice.
In a statement Kerry later said, " I love my daughters. They love their daughter. I was trying to say something positive about the way strong families deal with the issue."
So why does Kerry have to back up his ideas with well-know people - he did it with Christopher Reeves in the last debate when he mentioned stem cell research.
And this from the October 26 issue of The Advocate:"
The difference between me and George Bush will be the difference to gay and lesbian couples and individuals across this country - whether rights are afforded them or whether or not they are discriminated against"
Both candidates consider marriage to be between a man and a woman. The difference is that Bush wants to ban gay marriage with a constitutional amendment, while Kerry wants to hand the issue over to the judiciary in individual states, which is happening at the moment.
Kerry also said: "I voted against [the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act] precisely because it was gay bashing on the floor of the U.S. Senate, and I said so"…..I’m going to be trying to pass hate-crimes legislation, and I’m for partnership rights and benefits and so forth."