The new anti-bullying message from the NOH8 Campaign highlights an apparent standoff between Arizona Senator John McCain and his wife Cindy McCain.
In the video message pushing for repeal of the military’s long-standing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, Cindy McCain pushes for the ban to be lifted–a matter currently under consideration for repeal by Congress.
“Our political and religious leaders tell LGBT youth that they have no future,” Cindy McCain said in the video, which has more than 22,000 YouTube views since its posting on Wednesday. “They can’t serve our country openly. Our government treats the LGBT community like second-class citizens.”
Ironically, her husband has openly supported the preservation of the 17-year-old law, and is reportedly negotiating to have it stripped from the Defense Authorization Bill that’s set to come before the lame-duck Congress this month.
Although experts say the chances of repeal before the end of the year are slim, activists like Ms. McCain, and celebrities like Denise Richards, Dave Navarro, Gene Simmons and Cindy McCain continue to advocate for the ban to be lifted.
In the meantime, we’re betting the dinner conversations in the McCain household have become quite heated.