Sometimes I like Republicans. It's a rare event. But usually it's when they remind me of my Dad and reflect my Dad's values. Such is the case with Vice President Cheney's view points on gay marriage expressed in Davenport IA (of all places) yesterday. Speaking candidly about his gay daughter, Cheney expressed the view that freedom was for everyone, that people were free to engage in relationships of their choice, that the states should be free to determine marriage free from interference at the federal level.
It wasn't his comment about states' rights that charmed me, it was the acknowledgment of the essential humanity of gay people. After being labeled "sick, twisted, satanic, tragic, sinful and perverse" it's nice to hear something different coming from the very top levels of an administration more than willing, in fact, enthusiastic, to use gay bashing to achieve their political purposes. It is a different side of the party than the Santorum/Bauer/Reed cabal, rather; it is the fair-minded side, the one that attracts my father, the individual I hold to be the most estimable human being currently alive on the planet.
Vice President Cheney's comments struck me as being personally true, and then his willingness to support the president's agenda to write discrimination into the Constitution also struck me as true. For, ideology trumps personal values when it comes to both political parties. So, while I respect Vice President Cheney's sentiments, and his humanity, I cannot champion his cause. Kerry and Edwards represent the vision of the America I want to live in. Vote Kerry/Edwards in '04.