Gay Issues

Cindy McCain Petitions Her Husband To Ban Gay Discrimination In The Workplace

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Cindy McCain was approached by a canvasser for the Human Rights Watch outside a Phoenix Staples store on Thursday, when she signed a post-card addressed to her husband, Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, asking him to support legislation barring workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Despite the fact that McCain has voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, Cindy appears to support it. The bill passed a Senate committee in July and may come to the floor for a vote soon.

The HRW says it has collected “tens of thousands of postcards” from seven states across the U.S., according to HRW spokesman Michael Cole-Schwartz.

The group is focusing on McCain and fellow Republican Sen. Jeff Flake because Arizona is a key state. Flake has not voted on the bill since he took office in January.

McCain’s office confirmed the postcard story, according to CNN.

“Senator McCain enjoys and appreciates having discussions on the important issues of the day with all the members of his family, and he respects their views,” said McCain spokesman Brian Rogers in a statement on Friday.

Cindy McCain has a history of supporting gay marriage and has had public disagreements with the Senator in the past. In 2010, she posed for posed for a same-sex marriage campaign along with her daughter Meghan, who also support marriage equality.

After the pictures were posted, a spokesperson for McCain, Brooke Buchanan, gave a very similar response: “Senator McCain respects the views of members of his family. The senator chaired the effort to successfully pass Arizona Proposition 102, the Marriage Protection Amendment, and his opposition to gay marriage remains the same.”

Sources: Washington Post, CNN