Cindy McCain Appears in Anti-DADT Ad as Repeal Fight Looms (Video)
November 12, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)— Kudos to Cindy McCain for having the courage of her convictions. As the political battle looms for the repeal of the odious “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, Cindy McCain is appearing in a new anti-bullying Public Service Announcement specifically targeted towards LGBT youth. The ad takes political, religious and military leaders to task for the discriminatory DADT policy that reinforces the belief that gay men and women are second class citizens, because they are prevented from serving their country openly. Cindy McCain asks in the ad, “Our government treats the LGBT community like second class citizens — why shouldn’t they?”
Ironically, as Cindy McCain publicly speaks out against the DADT policy, her husband Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is leading the effort in the Senate to block any repeal of the military’s rule against allowing gays and lesbians from serving openly. Sen. McCain has even vowed to filibuster a defense appropriations bill during a time of two wars, if it contains an amendment repealing DADT.
Cindy McCain says in the ad, “Our political and religious leaders tell LGBT youth that they have no future.” “They can’t serve our country openly.”
The powerful ad was produced by the organization NOH8 that was formed after the passage of Proposition 8 in California, banning same sex marriage. McCain appeared in a photographic ad campaign for NOH8 last year, with duct tape over her mouth and NOH8″ painted on one cheek.
The new “Anti-Bullying” spot and the previous ‘It Gets Better” ad are intended to address the rash of suicides by LGBT teens.
“The media has been flooded in recent weeks with stories about young LGBT teens from all over the country who have taken their lives because of the relentless bullying around them, and those tragic stories are still continuing to break. It’s clear that youth everywhere need our help, and that’s why we gathered a group of our celebrity supporters to create a series of video PSA’s that address the issues of bullying and teen suicides. They knew how important it was to act quickly on this issue, and we hope that you will listen carefully to what they have to say,” reads the NOH8 website.
Cindy McCain appears in the ad alongside such celebrities, as Slash, Gene Simmons, Denise Richards and Kat Von D.