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Mary Cheney and Heather Poe stay quiet on marriage; What GOP gay weddings to look for next?


Mary Cheneyand her now-wife, Heather Poe, at the Republican National Convention in 2004. (Jeff Haynes/Getty Images)

Mary Cheney and Heather Poe pulled off a media-free wedding Friday morning, so low-key that most of their close friends didn’t know about the D.C. ceremony until news came out later that day. It was so private that no details — where they married, who was there, or any photos — have leaked out

Of course, that didn’t stop the same-sex marriage of Dick Cheney’s daughter and her longtime partner from getting a lot of attention — apparently not a goal for the newlyweds.

“I am certain Mary and Heather have not given one nanosecond of consideration to the electoral season or political impact of their recent union,” Republican strategist and close Cheney family friend Mary Matalin told us Monday. “The Vice President and Mrs. Cheney’s unconditional love and support for their family has also never been remotely predicated on politics.”

But the fact that Cheney and Poe — arguably the GOP’s most prominent gay couple— tied the knot has “longstanding impact,” argues Christian Berle, deputy director of the Log Cabin Republicans. With the Cheneys’ early support for the issue and and former RNC chairman Ken Mehlman coming out two years ago, the party has “a new perspective” on marriage equality, said Berle.


Richard Tisei, GOP candidate for the House from Massachusetts. (Jessica Hill/AP)
So, who’s next down the aisle? Maybe Richard Tisei, an openly gay Republican running for the U.S. House in Massachusetts. “Any time a high-profile person like Mary Cheney gets married, it helps,” he told us. “It opens some eyes.” Tisei and his partner of 18 years, Bernie Starr, have discussed marriage but not exchanged vows yet. “It’s more a question of timing than anything else. I’m a bit busy at the moment.”

(Anyone else? We called a few other prominent openly gay Republicans to see if wedding fever is catching. Not a lot of return calls, it turned out.)

Cheney and Poe wed in the District, but their marriage is not recognized in Virginia where they share a home with their two small children.

Maybe that’s why the Cheneys never mentioned “marriage” in the public statement: “Mary and Heather have been in a committed relationship for many years, and we are delighted that they were able to take advantage of the opportunity to have that relationship recognized.”

Read earlier: Mary Cheney gets married (Election 2012), 6/22/12

Mary Cheney and partner are about to be moms, 12/6/06

Mary Cheney gives birth to son, 5/27/07

Mary Cheney and Heather Poe welcome second child, 11/18/09


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