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Cindy McCain differs from husband on military ban

Cindy McCain, wife of U.S. Senator John McCain,

Cindy McCain, wife of U.S. Senator John McCain, speaks at a press conference regarding human and sex trafficking, on Jan. 29, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Photo Credit: Getty Images

WASHINGTON - Cindy McCain is very publicly differing 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.

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, McCain says "government treats the [gay] community like second-class citizens" and does not give young people hope.

A message to the senator's office was not immediately returned.

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. Cindy McCain and daughter Meghan McCain appeared in ads for that cause and have previously split with the Arizona lawmaker on gay marriage.

- AP


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