Cindy McCain Knocks “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”November 12, 2010 - 1:25 PM | by: Malini Wilkes
Cindy McCain is appearing in a new video that criticizes the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy– taking a stand that conflicts with her husband’s point of view.
Republican Senator John McCain is fighting to preserve the ban against gays serving openly in the military. He says he’s opposed to changing the law during this time of “immense hardship” for our troops.
That hasn’t stopped Mrs. McCain from showing up in an ad campaign, speaking out against the bullying of young gays and lesbians and voicing opposition to the military’s policy.
The video is produced by the advocacy group NOH8. It features a dozen other celebrities including Denise Richards, Slash, Dave Navarro and Gene Simmons.
In the ad, the Senator’s wife says, “Our political and religious leaders tell LGBT youth that they have no future… they can’t serve our country openly.”
She implies that policies like “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” allow bullies to think that what they’re doing is acceptable. She says, “Our government treats the LGBT community like second class citizens — why shouldn’t they [the bullies]?”
Two of the McCains’ sons serve in the military.
No reaction yet from McCain’s office, but the Senator was traveling overseas this week.
Mrs. McCain has differed with her husband on gay rights issues before. She and her daughter Meghan previously appeared in print ads supporting same sex marriage.
And she’s not the only political wife to publicly disagree with her husband on social issues.
While promoting her book last spring, Former First Lady Laura Bush revealed she supports same sex marriage and thinks abortion should remain legal.