The Most Pro-Gay Vice President In History?
Daniel Blatt wants to know why gay organizations didn't appreciate Cheney more:
No vice president in history has done so much for gay people as has Dick Cheney. To be sure, Cheney is the first vice president to have an openly gay child. He treats her as gay activists have long wanted parents to treat their gay children loving them just as they did before they came out, accepting them as they are, and welcoming their same-sex spouses into their families. And it wasn’t just in private where Cheney loved and accepted his daughter.
In public, he was more than just the proud father of a lesbian daughter. He also spoke out on gay issues, even disagreeing with the then-president to express his opposition to a constitutional amendment the his running mate supported.
Yet, when Cheney left office, encomia were not forthcoming from any gay organization. Searches of the websites of the leading gay organizations (e.g.,Human Rights Campaign, The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, National Center for Lesbian Rights) reveal no mention of this historic vice presidency.
The leading left-of-center gay bloggers (e.g.,Towleroad, Andrew Sullivan, Pam’s House Blend, Joe.My.God, Queerty) were similarly silent.