(CNN) – Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain weighed in on his wife’s public comments about the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that put the couple at odds last week.
“I respect the First Amendment rights of every member of my family,” McCain said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday.
Cindy McCain, the wife of the former GOP presidential nominee appeared in a video sponsored by the NOH8 campaign Friday.
"Our political and religious leaders tell LGBT youth that they have no future," Mrs. McCain said in the video. "They can't serve our country openly."
She later clarified her appearance in the video on her Twitter account.
“I fully support the NOH8 campaign and all it stands for and am proud to be part of it,” she wrote. “But I stand by my husband’s stance on DADT.”
Sen. McCain, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, pledged last spring to filibuster any defense authorization bill that included language repealing the policy. McCain said that he was against repealing the policy until a full Pentagon review on the matter was conducted and characterized the White House-backed measure as part of a "political agenda."
He clarified his stance on Sunday as well, saying he wants a “complete and thorough study and review of the effects on battle readiness and morale.”
NOH8 was created in the wake of California's 2008 Proposition 8, a ballot measure that successfully banned same-sex marriage in the state.
– CNN’s Gabriella Schwarz and Alexander Mooney contributed to this report