Saturday, November 13, 2010

Cindy McCain Calls for Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask’

New York Times
November 12, 2010

Speaking in a video for an ad campaign aimed at ending the bullying of gay teenagers, Cindy McCain, the wife of Senator John McCain of Arizona, broke with her husband and called for a repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

In a new public service announcement for NOH8, a group devoted to promoting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, Mrs. McCain faces the camera and says: “Our political and religious leaders tell L.G.B.T. youth that they have no future.”)

“They can’t serve our country openly,” says Mrs. McCain, whose husband, a Republican and veteran of the Vietnam War, has described the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy as “imperfect but effective.” (His office did not return a phone call seeking comment.)