No – not John, but Cindy McCain, who is continuing to speak out for gay rights:
Cindy McCain appeared to very publicly differ 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 for now.
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.
The video was posted online by NOH8, a gay rights group that began in opposition to Proposition 8. California voters in 2008 passed that ballot measure that bans same-sex marriage. Mrs. McCain and daughter Meghan McCain appeared in ads for that cause and have previously split with the Arizona lawmaker on gay marriage.
The group’s latest video features rockers Slash and Gene Simmons and reality show stars Denise Richards and Drew Pinsky. The celebrities tick through opportunities denied gays, such as donating blood or marrying in most states. Mrs. McCain, the mother of sons in uniform, then adds: “They can’t serve our country openly.”
It’s times such as this when I think Cindy McCain would have made a great First Lady, and I rather like her more than her husband. I also think it’s important that the public sees a smart, strong, rational republican woman speaking up on this issue – quite a contrast to the Christine O’Donnells and Michele Bachmanns out there. Thank you, Mrs. McCain.