From msnbc.com's Kara Kearns:
Cindy McCain is advocating the repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy – putting her at very public odds with her husband on the controversial issue.
She’s appearing in a new video geared toward eradicating the bullying of gay youth, produced by the California-based organization “NOH8.”
“Our political and religious leaders tell LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender] youth that they have no future," McCain says in the ad. “They can't serve our country openly.”
As other celebrities in the video suggest that the policy emboldens bullies, McCain says “Our government treats the LGBT community like second-class citizens - why shouldn't they?”
Her spouse, Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, is the ranking Republican on the Armed Services Committee and once signaled openness to ending to the policy. But recently, he’s switched positions. In September, he lead a filibuster against a repeal. And recently, his office has indicated that the senator wants anti-DADT language stripped from the massive defense authorization bill (which sets Pentagon policy).
This isn’t the first time Cindy McCain has advocated for gay rights. She and her daughter, Meghan, appeared in a print ad advocating same-sex marriage in January.
Watch video of the ad below.