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  • Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal

    Monday, August 30, 2004

    More proof the vice president has a heart 

    Until this week, it might have seemed the only way to prove Vice President Dick Cheney has a heart was by the fact he has had more than his share of heart problems. That changed when Cheney publicly took his lesbian daughter's side over that of his party.

    This didn't impress the protesters at the Republican National Convention in New York City. They plastered Cheney's mug all over their protest signs.

    They're either cynics or multidimensional voters or both. They fall into the E. J. Dionne camp. The Washington Post columnist found it a little too convenient that the day Cheney's fellow Republicans wrote into their platform formal support for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, the vice president chose love over lifestyle, blood over bludgeoning those different from himself.

    Don't expect Cheney to stand up to his party at its convention and tell delegates that people ``ought to be free to enter into any kind of relationship they want to'' and that states, not the federal government, should decide the issue of gay unions. (Ohio intends to do just that on Nov. 2 when voters will have the chance to ban any union other than that between a man and woman.)

    Cheney's daughter, Mary, isn't likely to move to Ohio any time soon. She is a lesbian. Cheney has acknowledged this before but never as supportively as he did last week. He said that ``freedom means freedom for everyone,'' gay Americans and heterosexuals alike, ``to enter any kind of relationship they want.''

    Social conservatives, who dominate the Republican Party platform committee, did not celebrate Cheney's commitment to diversity (at least on this topic). President Bush is their man, and he supports the constitutional ban on gay marriage.

    Cheney, no Tin Man of a Republican, is Ohioblog's man.

    A Columbus Dispatch poll -- the one that says it's a dead heat in Ohio right now -- included results Monday showing 62 percent of Ohioans support a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, with 26 against and 12 percent undecided. (Margin of error 2 percent, conducted Aug. 18-27.)

    - Steve Love

    posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 3:16 PM

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