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Samuel David Cheney entered this world yesterday, as the first child of Mary Cheney, daughter of Mary and Dick Cheney (Vice President of the United States.)

As someone who works professionally with those who are suffering now because, often, of a childhood which did not best serve them (and not always because of parental failure, it should be noted), I am concerned that ALL children be both well welcomed into our world and well cared for after they’re here.

This child has a problem, however. His mother is homosexual, but that’s not the problem. The mistaken view of his mother by a significant number of people in our country – that’s the problem.

Because the majority of these people are political conservatives (admittedly an assumption on my part, but a good one, I think), this becomes a political event for them – an “in your face” statement to those who believe homosexuals may legitimately be the target of verbal attack, of prejudicial action, and of efforts to defeat legislation aimed at insuring that sexual preference is not an allowed reason for discrimination in employment, housing, intimacy relationship rights, etc. Or for discrimination concerning any matter having to do with conceiving, birthing, and raising children.

I will be plain in stating that there is no rational basis for exclusion of individuals whose sexual attraction is to those of their own gender from any aspect of life accessible to other people. Homosexuality is a natural occurance in a great number of animal species. It’s analogous to something like red hair: not a majority trait, yet perfectly natural. If it didn’t involve sex, we’d likely be bored by it.

Some people are born with six fingers, or toes (it happened to one of my sisters). Should we prevent such people, deviants that they are, from certain occupations, or from sharing health insurance access with other others of “their kind” (horrors!)? If not them, then not for homosexuals either.

I find the notion that homosexuals are in any significant way “deviant” so irrational, so ignorant, so inhumane, that it makes me a bit speechless. And frightened – that such beliefs are abroad in this world. In a former time, such stupidity (and I really don’t know what else to call it) led to things like witch burning. Religiously sanctioned witch burning, I might add. “Sacred” obscenity, by any measure.

Samuel, you are welcome. I find nothing out of the ordinary about you or your life condition, and I know I’m not alone in my view. I do hope that people who are troubled by your presence will come, in the fullness of time (tomorrow would be good), to embrace their own (and your) full humanity, and to offer the same support to you and to your mother which is accorded to others like you – other children of our species. You are our most precious part.

I cannot do better than to quote your grandfather (he was speaking of his daughter Mary and her intimacy relationship): “…it’s important for us as a society to be tolerant and respectful of whatever arrangements people enter into.” “I’m delighted I’m about to be a grandparent for the sixth time.” On this matter, at least, what VP Cheney is saying makes perfect sense to me.

Samuel is born into a marriage (that’s exactly what I consider it) of some 15 years duration – the kind of loving, stable family all children should have. As for mother Mary, her statement on the matter is the most sensible of all: “every piece of remotely responsible research” has demonstrated “no difference between children who are raised by same-sex parents and children raised by opposite-sex parents.” And…”This is a baby. This is a blessing from God. It is not a political statement. It is not a prop to be used in a debate by people on either side of an issue. It is my child.”

That’s it. Nothing more to be said.

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