November 13, 2010 by Post Team
Cindy Mccain, “Stand up for your beliefs” seems to be replacing “Stand By Your Man” as the mantra of political wives, many of whom have publicly challenged their husbands’ positions in the debate over repealing Do not Ask, Do not Tell (DADT).
Cindy McCain, wife of Republican John McCain of Arizona, is the latest to come out in opposition to the position of his spouse in gay issues. Mrs. McCain joins a host of celebrities calling for an end to discrimination against lsbn, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) in a new videotape released Thursday by the campaign No H8.
The video of two and a half minutes explores bullying, a topic that drew national attention after the recent wave of suicides among gay youth.
These young people may be killed because “our political and religious leaders LGBT youth say they have no future,” McCain says in the video, even though her husband is one of the leaders.
“They can not openly serve our country,” he continues. “Our government treats the LGBT community as second class citizens, why not [the attackers]?”
Senator McCain has said that DADT, the policy in place since 1993 that prohibits members of the armed forces to ask about and disclose their sexual orientation is a necessary evil. “Do not Ask, Do not Tell policy has been an imperfect but effective,” McCain said in his opening statement in a February 2 hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee policy. “[I] n these times, when we are asking more of our armed forces at any time in recent history, do not repeal this law.”
But McCain has not closed the door to the review and possible lifting Do not Ask, Do not Tell. “I am not opposed to having a full and informed debate oh whether to repeal” Do not Ask, Do not Tell “, and then allow the Senate to legislate,” McCain said on Capitol Hill in September, but continues to support the law has not wavered.
Cindy McCain is not the only verbally oppose the senator. Daughter Meghan McCain has openly criticized Obama for not doing more to help the gay community, and she supports gay marriage and the repeal DADT.
“For me,” Don `t Ask, Don` t Tell ‘is also a national security issue, “McCain said on MSNBC’s youngest” Rachel Maddow “show in September.
“I have two brothers in the army and it` s only makes them less secure when it is released to Arabic translators because they `re gay”, followed by McCain. “And I personally believe that when you have in a fox hole, it doesn ‘matter if they go home at night.”
But Meghan emphasizes that she and her mother opposing views are not indicative of something more than a disagreement with the senator. “There is nothing more than respect and love there,” said Meghan Arizona Republic in September. “The fact that I support gay marriage and my father does not mean that changes anything about our relationship.”
Former first lady Laura Bush joined the fray in May 2010, discussed in several television interviews his disagreement with her husband, George W. Bush on gay issues, but she did not actively call for a change in any of the laws of marriage and DADT.
Bush told Fox’s Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday”, believes the gay marriage debate is not necessary to enter the 2004 re-election campaign. “I think what happens in the larger social issues … is the debate ends denigrating a particular group of people,” he said, and added in another interview that he wanted to see what happens to friends of the family he was gay or had gay sons and understands the desire of hmosxl couples to engage each other in the same way as heterosexual men and women marry.
In DADT, Bush said only that Congress and the Pentagon “is going to have to talk and understand what is really best for the U.S. military” in an appearance on CNN’s “Larry King Live” .
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