"'Every piece of remotely responsible research that has been done in the last 20 years on this issue has shown there is no difference between children who are raised by same-sex parents and children who are raised by opposite-sex parents,' she [Mary Cheney] told the audience gathered for a panel at Barnard College. 'What matters is that children are raised in a stable, loving environment.'
"But the press, bloggers and information pushers picked up on an earlier comment she'd made about her baby not being a political statement, which shifted the public commentary back to her own political hypocrisy and to her father's belligerence with reporters. Before long, the entire point about same-sex couples raising children was largely forgotten.
"That's what bothers me most about the whole Mary thing. When was the last time gay parenting became the subject of national discussion? When was the last time we had a real opportunity to show the country that yes, gay and lesbian people are having children, and that we need to make sure our children are protected? These protections become increasingly important for people without rich parents or political connections, whatever ideological stripe they bear." -- Kevin Cathcart, Lambda Legal Executive Director