Cindy McCain is very publicly differing with her husband, 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain, over the ban on gays serving openly in the military, opposing the policy in a new video while her husband works to maintain it.
It's going to be a tense Thanksgiving at the McCain manse. Please pass the thinly veiled contempt? The NOH8 Campaign, a photo project that collected images of people with duct tape over their mouths to protest Prop 8, released a video yesterday about bullying and suicides among gay youth. The video features celebrities like Denise Richards, Gene Simmons, Dave Navarro — and Cindy McCain, whose husband led the GOP filibuster that prevented Congress from voting on a Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal and whose presidential campaign ran on a platform that opposed gay marriage.
Linking a recent spate of gay teens' suicides with politicians who support the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, Cindy McCain directly lays blame for the deaths with lawmakers and clergy who oppose gay rights. In a celebrity-filled anti-bullying video, Mrs. McCain says "government treats the (gay) community like second-class citizens" and does not give young people hope.
At which point, we see Cindy McCain for the first time, saying, "Our political and religious leaders tell LGBT youth that they have no future ... They can't serve our country openly ... Our government treats the LGBT community like second-class citizens, why shouldn't [the bullies]?"
This isn't the first time John McCain's wife has publicly campaigned against his policies. Earlier this year, she surprised NOH8 organizers by volunteering to pose for one of their photographs. But the video directly ties the culture of bullying and suicides among gay youth back to government policies, and it's Cindy McCain's words that point the finger at her husband.