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Introducing Samuel David Cheney

05/23/2007 at 04:06 PM ET

Vice President Dick Cheney‘s daughter Mary, 38, and her partner of 15 years, Heather Poe, welcomed son Samuel David Cheney into the world this morning. Mary gave birth to Samuel at 9:46 am in Washington DC — he weighed in at 8 lbs, 6 oz.



Source: CNN

Thanks to CBB readers Katie and Beverly.

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Colleen on

This is so great. Despite VP Cheney’s views on gay marriage(or maybe it’s his cohort), he still looks like a proud grandpa.

PSB on

Not a fan of Cheney in the LEAST, but it’s nice to see him being supportive of his lesbian daughter and her partner and looking genuinely excited about his grandson.

Now…if only he could be supportive of everybody else’s gay/lesbian children and their partners.

kelsey on

I agree, they look thoroughly pleased, I’m happy for Mary too, I’m sure she’s on cloud nine. You have to admire the fact that Cheney, a republican doesn’t hide his daughter.

j&w on

The kid looks just like grandpa! I don’t Cheney should be “admired” for not disowning his own daughter, talk about damned with faint praise ….

Carrie on

Not all Republicans are gay-bashing Homophobes, you know… Congrats Mary and Heather from a proud Republican!

Ashley on

Hmm…so why don’t we get a pic of the new mommies together?

Hopefully they’ll release one.

Petra on

The baby is lovely, such a bundle of joy!Of course his grandmother and grandfather are happy, like all grandparents are happy about new grandson! On the other hand it is sad, for the baby, that he will never have a father, and although I’m sure he will be loved by his family, the father will be missing in his life.

meghan on

am i the only one who thinks it odd that they barely waited a few hours after the birth to get out an “official” photograph?

preesi on

People seem to think Dick and Lynne are opposed to gay rights/gay marriage.
They arent!

I quote:
“Lynne and I have a gay daughter, so it’s an issue our family is very familiar with,” Cheney told an audience that included his daughter. “With the respect to the question of relationships, my general view is freedom means freedom for everyone. … People ought to be free to enter into any kind of relationship they want to.”

Source:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5817720/

Melissa on

Congrats! About the no father comment, my parents divorced when i was six months old. My father had nothing to do with us so i grew up with out a father and i got along just fine. At least he will have two mothers to love him.

Kate on

Thank you to the person who posted that Lynne and Dick are not opposed to gay partnerships/marriage. They aren’t! Get your facts straight!

maureen on

The Cheneys may be supportive of their lesbian daughter, but that doesn’t make them supportive of gay rights or gay marriage.

Kate, by writing “partnerships/marriage” the way you do it seems like you might not completely grasp all the issues involved. Many gay and lesbian couples do indeed have partnerships but what they want (and deserve) are marriages, with all the legal rights that come with it: adoption, inheritance, insurance, tax benefits, Social Security, etc.

As far as I know, in their political lives the Cheneys haven’t really done much of anything in support of legal rights for gay couples.

Nicole on

Who cares about whether or not you like Dick Cheney, his wife, and/or their political/personal views? Who cares if his daughter is a lesbian or not? Mary and Heather are two loving people who will raise a child with love….their sexual preference means nothing to a newborn. To each his own, I say and congratulations to them!

madam pince on

I’m not a fan of Cheney’s politics, but he and Lynne are stand-up parents and grandparents. I think that’s one reason they rushed to have a picture with the baby — they want it known they love and are proud of their daughter and grandson.

He’s sweet and I love his name, although I wonder why it’s not hyphenated with Heather’s. Perhaps later, like the Jolie-Pitts.

And I’m laughing at his squinty newborn face. He’s like, leave me alone! Let me sleep!

PSB on

Maybe Cheney is not so supportive–this was on eonline.com in Ted Casablanca’s column:

Mary Cheney, the Vice Prez’s lesbian daughter, must have one either very pissed off or pushed off partner. Heather Poe, Mary’s partner of 15 damn years, was essentially treated like dog s–t when Dick Cheney’s office recently announced that M.C. had given birth to her dad’s sixth grandchild and that Poe would have no legal or parental rights whatsoever to the child.

madam pince on

PSB, I was so intrigued by your post that I went right to the source, and of course you quoted Ted exactly. So I wanted to track down where the Gossip Guru got his stuff, and I found an article on WorldNetDaily.com, a news organization known to be very conservative. They had a feature with exactly that quote, and while a careful reading shows the VP didn’t make that quote — the paragraph starts with “according to reports” — WND sure makes it look like Cheney, or someone from his office, DID make that statement.

Mary & Heather live in Virginia, as do I. To my (limited) knowledge, state law prohibits Heather from adopting Samuel. But I hope somehow they can get around that. I realize that’s not fair to the Commonwealth’s other gay & lesbian parents, but perhaps they can set a new standard that will help everyone else.

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