Dick and Lynne Cheney pose with their newest grandchild.
Mary Cheney, 38, gave birth yesterday to her first child, Samuel David Cheney, whom she will raise with her longtime partner, Heather Poe.
The 8-pound 6-ounce boy is the sixth grandchild for Dick Cheney. The vice president and his wife, Lynne, both beaming, posed for a photo with him just hours after his 9:46 a.m. birth at Washington’s Sibley Hospital.
At an N.Y.C. forum sponsored by Glamour magazine last winter, Mary Cheney responded to questions, saying: “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 also went on to declare that “every piece of remotely responsible research” had demonstrated “no difference between children who are raised by same-sex parents and children raised by opposite-sex parents.”
Mary and Heather, a former park ranger, have been together for 15 years and live in Great Falls.
(I don’t mean this as a political statement in any way…I know to stay as far as I can away from stuff like that, but I think it is incredibly presumptuous to state that there is no difference between children who are raised by same-sex parents and children raised by opposite-sex parents!)