Cheney's lesbian daughter gives birth
'This is a blessing from God. It is not a political statement'
Posted: May 23, 2007
4:38 p.m. Eastern
Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne, beam with pride as they hold their 6th grandchild, Samuel David Cheney
Mary Cheney, the lesbian daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney, became a mother today when she gave birth to a baby boy.
Samuel David Cheney was born at 9:46 a.m., weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces, at Sibley Hospital in Washington, D.C.
Samuel is the sixth grandchild for Vice President Cheney.
"The vice president is pleased to be a grandfather for the sixth time," spokeswoman Megan McGinn said.
According to reports, Mary's homosexual partner of 15 years, Heather Poe, "will have no legal relationship with her child. She can't adopt as a second parent. She won't have her name on the birth certificate."
Mary Cheney's pregnancy caused a stir with traditional family activists, including James Dobson, chairman of Colorado-based Focus on the Family.
"We should not enter into yet another untested and far-reaching social experiment, this one driven by the desires of same-sex couples to bear and raise children," Dobson said last December. He said his position was not intended to "harm or insult women such as Cheney and Poe."
At a New York forum last winter, Mary Cheney said: "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." But she added that "every piece of remotely responsible research" had shown "no difference between children who are raised by same-sex parents and children raised by opposite-sex parents."
Cheney has been with Poe for 15 years, and the couple has not disclosed how Mary became pregnant.
President Bush told People magazine in December that Mary Cheney would be "a loving soul to her child."
The remark came in response to a question about his 2005 comment to the New York Times, as he noted: "I believe children can receive love from gay couples but the ideal is – and studies have shown that the ideal is where a child is raised in a married family with a man and a woman."
"The vice president took me aside and gave me the good news. He and his wife, Lynne, are very happy for Mary," Bush said. "I think Mary is going to be a loving soul to her child. And I'm happy for her."