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Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Posted by Tanstaafl
The New York Times > Washington > Campaign 2004 > Cheney Stakes Out Stance on Gay Marriages:

In a political season marked by Republican efforts to outlaw gay marriage, Vice President Dick Cheney on Tuesday offered a defense of the rights of gay Americans, declaring that 'freedom means freedom for everyone' to enter 'into any kind of relationship they want to.'

Mr. Cheney said the issue was what kind of government recognition to give those relationships, and indicated that he preferred to let the states define what constitutes a marriage.

This is entirely respectable, and is possibly the best reason to keep Cheney on the ticket. Not because of his position, but because he thinks for himself. While he agrees with Bush on most issues, and acknowledges that his job is to institute the President's policy choices, he shows that reasonable people can and will disagree. He's willing to speak his mind and describe how his position differs from the White House's official policy. That's to be commended and respected.

As a side note, later in the article, John Kerry's campaign staked out the nuanced position of: We believe that marriage is between a man and a woman, that it should be decided by the states, and we do not support a constitutional amendment. That's where Kerry's always been.

Amazing, but Cheney's position is slightly more tolerant. True tolerance and acceptance of people's difference strengthens when people get first hand experience with those differences and realize that they're not scary or threatening. Dick Cheney obviously loves his daughter, and that has probably helped open his eyes on this issue. Hopefully Bush and Kerry both learn to respect other's ways of life a bit more as well.


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