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Watch: Cindy McCain Speaks Out Against 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' as Part of 'NoH8 Campaign's Anti-Bullying PSA

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The NoH8 campaign has just put out an anti-bullying PSA highlighting a range of topics contributing to the way gay and lesbian youth are perceived by their peers, including religion-based bigotry, the disciminatory ban on blood donation by gay men, marriage inequality, and bans on gay adoption.

Notable is Cindy McCain speaking out about gays not being able to serve openly in the military considering her husband is perhaps the biggest impediment in the U.S. Senate to getting the ban lifted. McCain has threatened a filibuster if DADT is attached to the Defense authorization bill, and was recently reported to be trying to make a deal to strip the DADT provision from the bill.

Among the other celebrities who appear in the spot are Tom Bergeron, Gene Simmons, Antonio Cromartie, Denise Richards, Slash, Dave Navarro, Jeff Probst, Bridget Marquardt, Kat Von D, and Dr. Drew.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Please stop bashing Cindy McCain and anyone else who does videos like this! How in the world can anybody say things like this aren't helping? The more people that speak out against bullying and homophobia, the better. If this video changes just one person, it will have been worth it.

    Oh, and it's always good to see that hottie Jeff Probst!

    Posted by: Jack M | Nov 12, 2010 8:37:34 AM


  2. Awesome that she did this. It's powerful when the wife of one of the biggest obstacles for repealing DADT is making commercials/videos supporting gays. How could that be bad?

    And she and her daughter have said many times that they are working/arguing with the walking corpse about this. Do you really think he has no clue of what they think?

    Posted by: Tonic | Nov 12, 2010 9:24:04 AM


  3. Powerful message. And I am glad Cindy McCain is speaking up! We need all the support we can get.

    Posted by: Allen | Nov 12, 2010 9:33:56 AM


  4. @B That's exactly my point.

    Maggie is the antithesis of forward thinking and were she (for whatever strange reason) married to someone who WAS and he was also in a position of power - we wouldn't want her influence over him simply because they're married.

    Posted by: Christopher | Nov 12, 2010 10:48:26 AM


  5. Why are people attacking Cindy McCain?!

    She is taking a strong and public stand in favor of tolerance. She is NOT responsible for her husband's actions.

    Honestly, some Internet posters can be so bitchy!

    Posted by: Lyell | Nov 12, 2010 1:41:28 PM


  6. I value her for her opinions, but until she speaks out clearly that she thinks her husband is a BIG problem, I think her words are truly hollow. Cindy, great stuff, fix John too.

    Posted by: Stephen | Nov 12, 2010 4:20:22 PM


  7. Re: the marriage of John and Cindy McCain

    Guess you can tell who has the money in this marriage.

    In the typical old man, trophy wife relationship, the wife would never have her own opinion so publicly aired.

    But when you have your own money, guess that doesn't matter.

    Good for her!

    Posted by: FrankLeeMyDear | Nov 12, 2010 4:22:28 PM


  8. Well Done Cindy.

    How many of you can force your significant other to do anything they don't want to?

    Let's appreciate her voice, she is an ally and there are people who are influenced by her; by her speaking out, Cindy, is making it easier for other Republicans to consider being supportive.

    Posted by: truthteller | Nov 12, 2010 5:47:41 PM


  9. Thank you, Cindy! My dear, YOU are acting with integrity. You of course are a separate human being with a separate brain and heart from your partner. (The haircut looks great, too.)

    Hats off to Gene Simmons, too -- a step in the right direction.

    Posted by: go cindy, go gene | Nov 12, 2010 6:01:12 PM


  10. Dear Mrs. McCain,

    Have you considered a “Dear John?” It’s probably not a good idea, but you have a perfectly good fall-back position. Just have your people get in touch with his people and arrange a private screening for the Senator of this NOH8 clip. Considering how long you have been his number one financial contributor, I can’t imagine how he could ignore the proposition or the message. Just saying . . . you’ve done something here to help it get better. You can go further by translating those words into action and help make it happen.

    Posted by: Bad Humor Boy | Nov 12, 2010 7:10:19 PM


  11. I agree with go,cindy go,gene Y BadHumorBoy. Big ups to all who partook, and now take the message straight to one of our most powerful senators. We've got to let people come around--so long as they show that they've really come around. When Cindy and these folks win over McCain and he starts speaking again with the concience he once seemed to have, now THAT will be a sign that things are getting better.

    Much love as usual to Andy and team.

    Posted by: just a guy | Nov 12, 2010 7:48:29 PM


  12. well what a shock, Cindy just retracted her support of repealing DADT. Guess all you bitches screaming your love for her can shut up now. Oh and I still stand by what I said before: she should focus her energy on getting Diapers McCain back to reality.

    Posted by: wtf | Nov 12, 2010 11:45:12 PM


  13. Yep, she's just backtracked on DADT, as soon as the NOH8 video hit the evening news.

    Leaving her comments something like this--

    DADT creates 2nd class citizens, and contributes to a climate of bullying and suicide... but I like it!

    Posted by: adamblast | Nov 13, 2010 12:27:51 AM


  14. Why are we "attacking" cindy mccain? Because she's culpable in her husband's vicious bigoted campaign against the gay community by supporting him, and yes, bankrolling him. Not only that, she's married to one of america's most infamously corrupt politicians as a central figure in the savings and loan scandal--one of the keating five. McCain is pure scum, and only in a state like AZ would he continue to get reelected.

    This is hot air inflating the myth that republicans are "big tent," because some of them can make hay, fame and money out of disagreeing with the majority of their party. Like so-called moderate christians, they just provide cover to the extreme elements of their own party by attempting to put a reasonable face on unreasonable beliefs. And what's disgusting is that it seems some of you are defending her lack of power to sway her husband while she just came out in support of her husband's position...basically, "I'm personally opposed to discrimination, but I support people who discriminate against others..." so...where does that leave the relevance of her "support"? You fawning queermos sicken me. You people aren't ready for equality.

    Posted by: TANK | Nov 13, 2010 1:24:08 AM


  15. Mrs. McCain tweeted that she stands by her husband's position on DADT. This story needs to be updated.

    @CindyhM1 "I fully support the NOH8 campaign and all it stands for and am proud to be a part of it. But I stand by my husband's stance on DADT."

    Posted by: LD | Nov 13, 2010 10:06:32 AM


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