Heather Roan Poe is the wife of Mary Claire Cheney, the youngest daughter of former American Vice President Dick Cheney. She is an outspoken advocate for LGBT rights, especially for same-sex marriage in the United States. Despite being a lesbian woman related to a powerful political family in Washington, she managed to keep a low-profile during Dick Cheney’s vice presidency. In fact, her marriage to Mary was so secret that most people did not even know about its existence. Ever since her relationship with Mary was made public, Heather has made several headlines for her liberal views on gay marriage. The couple recently got embroiled in a much-publicized family spat with Liz Cheney, who passed objectionable comments on gay marriage and LGBT rights. Currently, Heather is a stay-at-home mother to two beautiful children. She is an immensely private person, who prefers to stay away from the prying eyes of the media.
Rise to Fame
Not much is known about Heather Poe, as she has not shared any personal information with the media. Even her parents have refused to give interviews. However, it is known that she is a former UPS supervisor. Much of her popularity came from her association with Mary Cheney. It is thought that they met during the early 1990s. They were both ice-hockey players, but Mary was a goalie, whereas Heather was a defenseman. Later, in an interview, Mary admitted that Poe managed to score against her because she wasn’t a very good goalie.
They started dating after Mary graduated from the ‘Colorado College’ in 1991. During that period, the couple kept its relationship hidden from the media, partially because Heather wanted to avoid being in the public eye. Another major reason for the secrecy was the fact that the Bush-Cheney presidential campaign of 2000 and the subsequent Bush presidency were against gay marriage. Mary’s own parents urged the media to stay away from speculating about her personal life, as she had not openly admitted to being a lesbian.
It wasn’t an easy time for Heather, who had to keep her mouth shut because of the Cheney family’s political power. However, Mary not only declared herself to be gay but also joined the ‘Republican Unity Coalition’, the Republican gay-straight alliance, in 2002. Needless to say, Heather Poe found herself in the spotlight once again. But by now, it had become clear to the media that Heather did not want to comment on the issue, and they could not get a word out of her.
Unfortunately, Heather and Mary constantly found themselves in headlines in 2004. The Bush administration decided to support the ‘Federal Marriage Amendment’. The amendment limited marriages, civil unions and benefits enjoyed by couples to heterosexual pairs only. Heather refused to comment publicly on the amendment, although it became clear to her private circle that she absolutely hated the move. Mary and Heather’s sexuality found the center-stage again during the 2004 Cheney-Edwards vice-presidential debate.
Heather Poe went on to marry Mary Cheney in a very private affair on June 22, 2012 in Washington D.C., under the Obama administration. The marriage was supported by members of the Cheney family. In 2006, Dick Cheney publicly extended his support to his daughter’s sexual preferences.
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Controversies & Scandals
Things took a nasty turn for Heather Poe and Mary Cheney in 2013 when Mary’s older sister Liz Cheney, a Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Wyoming, openly told ‘Fox News Sunday’ that she was severely opposed to ‘same-sex marriage’. This came as a shock to Heather and Mary.
Quite uncharacteristically, Heather posted a very public statement on Facebook for the first time. She revealed that not only had Liz Cheney shared holidays with her children, but also congratulated her and Mary on their marriage. Heather added that to “have her now say she doesn't support our right to marry is offensive, to say the least”. The post blew up on social media and endeared her to the LGBT community. She further explained that Liz was turning a blind eye on how unsafe the situation is for homosexual couples and their children in different states of the USA. Mary supported her wife, saying that her sister was “dead wrong”. The impact of this very public spat is still being felt by the Cheney family. Many reports suggest that the Cheney sisters are still not on talking terms.
Family & Personal Life
Heather Roan Poe was born in Colorado on April 11, 1961. She attended the ‘Arapahoe High School’. She married Mary Cheney on June 22, 2012, and the couple has two children, son Samuel David Cheney (born May 23, 2007) and daughter Sarah Lynne Cheney (born November 18, 2009).