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Mary Cheney Supports Gay Marriage + Adoption. The Politician She Supports Does Not

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Wasn’t it Mary Cheney, the former vice president’s daughter, who nearly quit the Bush-Cheney campaign in 2004 when the president endorsed a federal constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage? And wasn’t it also Mary Cheney, who railed against James Dobson when he targeted the adoption between she and partner Heather Poe’s adoption? (They met playing ice hockey.) And wasn’t it also Mary Cheney whose own father seems to have a more nuanced approach to marriage equality than the sitting president? Then what is Mary Cheney doing donating cash to an anti-gay politician?

Mary wrote a $1,000 cheque in May to Ohio Republican Rep. Rob Portman’s U.S. Senate campaign. Yes, the same Portman whose voting record is made up of trying to ban gay adoptions and same-sex marriage.

And it’s not like Ms. Cheney was out of options for political candidates to support. Just Republicans options. Portman’s opponents include Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner (a marriage equality supporter) and Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher (who suddenly became one this summer).

Then again, Cheney never said she only looks at the gay issues. Even though Bush wanted a marriage amendment, she still believes he was the best president for the job: “I make it clear in the book I passionately disagree with President Bush on the issue of the Federal Marriage Amendment. But I also make it very clear that I had no doubt, even with that disagreement, that President Bush was the absolute best person to be leading us at this time in our country’s history. It would be great to have the luxury of being a one-issue voter, but I didn’t, and quite frankly, I don’t think our country does.”