Your Questions Answered About Mary Cheney's Pregnancy

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By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
Thursday, December 7, 2006

So the vice president's daughter is having a baby next spring with partner Heather Poe .

Are they married? No, but they've been a couple for 15 years.

Who's the father? The circumstances of the pregnancy are super-secret.

What's their legal status? Cheney, 37, and Poe, 45, live in Great Falls, and under Virginia law only the biological parent has full legal status. "Virginia is sort of at the bottom of the pile in terms of rights and protections," said Jennifer Chrisler, executive director of Family Pride, a national advocacy organization for gay parents. "Mary will be a full legal parent to her child. And Heather will be a stranger in the eyes of the law."

Can Poe adopt the baby? Not in Virginia -- no same-sex partner has ever been allowed to adopt his or her partner's child -- but yes, if they move to the District, Maryland or any other state that allows second-parent adoptions, said Brad Luna, spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign, which tracks state and federal law in this area.

What happens if they split up? Unless state law changes, Cheney could prevent Poe from any visitation or custody; conversely, Poe could walk away without providing child support.

Can Poe sign school report cards? Depends on the school. Technically, only Cheney would be authorized to fill out all those school forms.

What about diapers? There are no prohibitions on second-parent diaper duty.

HEY, ISN'T THAT . . .

Elvis Impersonator at the Palm
Elvis impersonator Paul Casey (with Harold Brazil) left the crowd all shook up.(Amy Argetsinger - The Washington Post)
Elvis Presley, enjoying the bisque and schmoozing with the downtown lunch-crowd power brokers at the Palm yesterday? No, silly -- he's been dead for nearly 30 years. So that was Paul Casey, the official Elvis impersonator of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, in town to perform "Blue Christmas" and other hits at a massive holiday party last night for tourism and meeting-planner types at the Renaissance Washington D.C. Hotel. How'd he get to be two-time Vegas Entertainer of the Year? Maybe because he managed not to get a drop of bisque on that spotless white jumpsuit.

LOVE, ETC.

Really, truly split: Actors Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn have parted ways, their publicists finally acknowledged to People magazine Tuesday, nearly two months after she went on Oprah to vehemently deny reports they had broken up and his lawyers threatened to sue tabloids that claimed they were on the rocks -- both actions marking the first time either had publicly acknowledged that they were, in fact, dating. You'll be happy to know they "continue to be good friends," or so say their reps. Of course.

Trading places: Comedian Eddie Murphy, his career reenergized with a role in "Dreamgirls," stepped out at an NYC premiere party with a new girlfriend, Tracey Edmonds (ex-wife of singer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds). Meanwhile, he's telling TV interviewers that he doesn't know if it's his child that ex-girlfriend Spice Girl Melanie Brown is carrying.

SURREAL ESTATE

Seller: Patrick Ramsey

Price:$840,000

Details: The former Redskins quarterback, traded to the New York Jets in March, quietly unloaded his Virginia home in late summer for $220,000 more than he paid in 2003 -- back in the Steve Spurrier era when Ramsey was starting QB for the Skins. Seems like a lifetime ago, doesn't it? The four-bedroom, 3 1/2 -bath Cape Cod on three acres near Purcellville was listed as "just stunning -- owner relocating." Are you taking notes, Jason Campbell?


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