Cindy McCain has often publicly challenged the anti-gay positions of her husband, the U.S. Senator and former GOP presidential nominee. For example, in January of 2010, she and her daughter Meghan McCain posed for Adam Bouska’s NoH8 campaign to support LGBT equality.
Later that year, Cindy McCain recorded an anti-”Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” video in which she lamented, “political and religious leaders tell LGBT youth that they have no future.”
“They can’t serve our country openly,” she complained, adding the “government treats the LGBT community like second class citizens.”
The following day, the famous wife — who was almost the First Lady — issued a statement saying she stood with her husband and his position against repealing DADT. No doubt many Americans wondered what the conversation that night in the McCain household must have sounded like.
And while she may view the GOP with rose-colored glasses, you can’t help but appreciate Cindy McCain’s style.
John Gomez, an organizer for the Human Rights Campaign, recently approached Mrs. McCain while she was out shopping and asked her to sign HRC’s petition requesting the Senator, her husband, support ENDA, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
Not only did she sign the petition, she posed for a photo (above) with Gomez while holding an HRC postcard that reads, “No one should be fired because of who they are.”
Gotta admire her spunk — and Gomez’s.
The Washington Post reports that Senator McCain “has never supported the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which passed a Senate committee in July and could come to the floor for a vote soon.”
A bipartisan coalition has dispatched field organizers in seven states across the country to mobilize constituents on behalf of the bill, and HRC has collected “tens of thousands of postcards” as part of the effort, according to HRC spokesman Michael Cole-Schwartz.
Arizona is a key state, since activists are targeting both McCain and his fellow Republican Sen. Jeff Flake; McCain has opposed the bill in the past, while Flake has not voted on the issue since taking office in January.
HRC organizer John Gomez spotted Cindy McCain at a Staples in Phoenix, Cole-Schwartz wrote in an e-mail. “He talked with her about our efforts to pass ENDA, and she shared her support for the bill,” Cole-Schwartz said, adding that she signed the postcard and addressed it to her husband.
Now, let’s get ENDA passed, once and for all!
Image via Human Rights Campaign. Used by permission.
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