12/06/2006 03:50 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Mary Cheney's Delicate Condition

I feel bad for Mary Cheney. Her name never makes it into the headline. She's always "Vice-President's Lesbian Daughter...." or "Cheney's Gay Daughter", or "Cheneys Openly Gay Daughter", as in, today's news, "Vice-President's Lesbian Daughter is Pregnant."

Her name is Mary Cheney and I happen to respect her a lot because she clearly beats to her own drummer. I, for one, am now only going to call her "Mary" as in "Paris" or "Britney" because I think she deserves first-name-only celebrity status.

It can't have been easy to have been the Cheneys' openly gay daughter. And, clearly the Cheneys have dealt with this in an admirable fashion themselves as Mary Cheney was an aide to her father in the 2004 campaign and moved a year ago from Colorado to Virginia in order to be closer to the Cheney family.

Anyway, it was announced today that Mary Cheney, 37, and her partner of 15 years, Heather Poe, 45, are expecting a baby which is due late spring. The question is, are they planning to get married?