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Mary Cheney Gets Married To Longtime Partner Heather Poe
On Friday, Mary Cheney, daughter of former vice president Dick Cheney, wed her longtime lover Heather Poe in a ceremony.
“Mary and Heather have been in a committed relationship for many years, and we are delighted that they were able to take advantage of the opportunity to have that relationship recognized,” the Cheneys said in a statement. “We are delighted that they were able to take advantage of the opportunity to have that relationship recognized.” The right-leaning news website known as the Daily Caller was the one that broke the story initially.
According to an article that was published in People magazine, Cheney posted on her Facebook page, “Very glad to announce that as of this morning, Heather and I are legally married (at least in DC).” “Today marks exactly 20 years since we went on our first date.”
During a game of ice hockey in 1988, Cheney, then 43 years old, and Poe, then 51 and a former park ranger, came face to face. Cheney had previously worked as an executive at AOL and later transitioned into political consulting. They are the parents of two children: a son, who was born in 2007, and a daughter, who was born in 2009. They chose to get married in Washington, which is the only state that allows gay marriage; the pair now resides in Northern Virginia.
Although Cheney has not hidden the fact that she is homosexual ever since her father served in the George W. Bush administration, the fact that she recently got married is another indication that the stigma that once surrounded gay marriage is beginning to fade away. (Another: David Blankenhorn, who testified against homosexual marriage in support of California’s Prop 8 in 2008, has penned an op-ed in the New York Times revealing his change of heart on his position on the issue.)
According to the results of an Associated Press survey that was published on Friday, 42 percent of respondents are against allowing homosexual marriage in their states, while 40 percent support it, and 15 percent have no opinion. Pew Research Center conducted a study in April and found that a majority of Republicans (68 percent) continue to be opposed to gay marriage. Both Cheney and her father have come under fire from gay rights groups for the lack of vigor with which they have defended homosexual marriage.
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