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Lesbian Mary Cheney's pregnancy OK by Bush

From Miami Herald wire services

Mary Cheney's baby will have two mommies, and that is just fine with President Bush.

When People magazine asked him what he thought of the news that Vice President Dick Cheney's daughter, who is a lesbian, was pregnant with a child whom she will raise with her longtime partner, Heather Poe, Bush said, ``I think Mary is going to be a loving soul to her child. And I'm happy for her.''

People released portions of the interview on Friday, and the quotation about Mary Cheney's baby prompted a new round of questions about the president's past statements against same-sex marriage and, more particularly, child-rearing by gay couples.

In an interview with The New York Times last year, Bush said in response to a question about gay adoption, ``The ideal in society is to raise children with a man and a woman. Private adoption firms can make whatever choice they choose to do.''

During a news briefing on Friday, White House spokesman Tony Snow said Bush still believed that children should ideally be raised by a man and a woman as parents. But, he said, ``He believes that Mary Cheney's child will, in fact, have loving parents.''

Asked if Bush believed a child raised by parents of the same sex would be at a disadvantage, Snow said, ``He does not make comments on that, and nor will I.''

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