Mary Cheney pregnant with second child
Mary Cheney, the former vice president’s daughter, and her long-time partner, Heather Poe, are expecting their second child, a source close to the family told True/Slant. [Ed. Note: Since publishing this piece, Cheney has confirmed that she and Poe are expecting their second child in mid- to late November.]
Cheney has worked as a principal at Navigators Global, a bi-partisan communications firm, but recently announced that she would be leaving the company for maternity leave and to begin a new consulting firm with her sister, Liz. Close friends were informed that she was expecting a second child about four months ago and she is now visibly showing her pregnancy, the source says.
Cheney, a lesbian, attracted much attention from the conservative movement when she announced she was pregnant with her first child in late 2006. Social conservative pundit and founder of Focus on the Family, James Dobson, penned a controversial op-ed for Time magazine called “Two Mommies Is One Too Many,” opining Cheney’s decision to start a family:
With all due respect to Cheney and her partner, Heather Poe, the majority of more than 30 years of social-science evidence indicates that children do best on every measure of well-being when raised by their married mother and father. That is not to say Cheney and Poe will not love their child. But love alone is not enough to guarantee healthy growth and development. The two most loving women in the world cannot provide a daddy for a little boy–any more than the two most loving men can be complete role models for a little girl.
Despite her sexuality, Cheney has remained a conservative voice and supporter of her father’s campaigns, though she has all but disappeared from the public view since 2004 — even staying silent on the Bush Administration’s Federal Marriage Amendment to the chagrin of gay rights groups.
The same can’t be said for Liz Cheney, Mary’s sister, who has become a central media figure for Republicans since 2008, and famously defended the “birther” movement on Larry King earlier this summer. As the GOP looks for new standard-bearers in the post Bush-Cheney era, Liz Cheney has been promoted as potential party leader , and many have hypothesized about her possible run for office.
During the 2004 presidential election, the Cheney family battened down the hatches on discussions of Mary’s sexuality. In his debate with then vice-presidential candidate John Edwards, Dick Cheney icily ignored Edwards’ comments about his daughter being gay. When Mary announced her first pregnancy in 2006, Cheney issued a brief statement on his excitement at being a grandfather.
It’s anyones guess how Mary’s burgeoning alternative family and Liz’s burgeoning conservative political career will reconcile themselves in the coming years.