Monday, July 12, 2004

Family Ties

Lynne, Dick Cheney Differ on Gay Marriage

Apparently you can love a Republican and still tell him he's wrong--in public. This weekend Lynne Cheney effectively did just that when she said her husband, Vice President Dick, should have stuck to his original position on gay marriage. While "Leave it to the states!" isn't exactly a rallying cry that stirs my emotions, particularly after watching Michael and Ben marry in Canada on last night's Queer as Folk, it's a damn sight better than the hard-line position VP "F*** Yourself" and his president have since adopted.

Meanwhile, the Reagan family is also having a bit of family strife over a G.O.P. position. While evangelical radio host Michael stands with President Bush in opposing stem-cell research, Nancy and Ron, Jr., support federal funding for studies that could potentially help other families avoid the painful long goodbye they just experienced with former president Ronald. And Junior is doing something about it: he's speaking at the Democratic National Convention! Considering that the Republicans were hoping to get Nancy at their convention, this has to come as a bit of a blow. It'll be a lot tougher to adopt the mantle of Reagan when his family has rejected the party platform.

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