Why were the Cheney's soft on Alan Keyes?

'Little over a month before Kerry said, "I
think if you were to talk to Dick Cheney's
daughter, who is a lesbian, she would tell
you that she's being who she was, she's being
who she was born as," Illinois GOP Senate
candidate Alan Keyes condemned
homosexuality as "selfish hedonism"
in a
satellite-radio interview during the
Republican national convention. Asked if Mary
Cheney was also "a selfish hedonist," Keyes
replied, "Of course she is."

Dick and Lynne Cheney, who have
roundly criticized Kerry's pro-gay remarks,
said nothing in the face of Keyes' highly
derogatory comments.
This should come as
no surprise: There is a long history of
suspicion in moral conservative circles that
the vice president has not been adequately
supportive of their agenda because of his gay
daughter. And that has led the vice president
and his family to be exceptionally tolerant
of those who talk about his daughterĊs
sexuality -- as long as they are anti-gay.'

Franke-Ruta, "Don't Ask? Do Tell!", The
American Prospect Online, Oct 18, 2004

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