John McCain gets petitioned on gay rights – from his wife.
October 25th, 2013
07:10 PM ET
1 year ago

John McCain gets petitioned on gay rights – from his wife.

(CNN) - U.S. Senators get a lot of petitions and a lot of mail but not a lot from their spouses in an official capacity.

But that’s exactly what happened Thursday when Cindy McCain signed a postcard petition sent to her husband, Sen. John McCain, urging him to support legislation barring discrimination against gays and lesbians in the workplace.

According to a story in the Washington Post, Cindy McCain was approached Thursday in a Phoenix Staples store by an organizer with the gay-rights group Human Rights Campaign. The organizer, John Gomez, asked her to sign a post-card to her husband encouraging his support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

Both Human Rights Campaign and McCain’s office confirmed the story on Friday.

"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," McCain spokesman Brian Rogers said in a statement.

The Non-Discrimination Act bill passed a Senate committee in July and may come soon to the chamber floor, writes the Post. John McCain, the five-term Republican from Arizona and 2008 Republican Presidential nominee, has not supported the legislation that would make it illegal for employers to discriminate against employees on grounds of sexual orientation and identity.

Cindy McCain has had very public disagreements with her husband over gay rights in the past. In 2010 she posed for a campaign supporting marriage for gay and lesbian couples.

–CNN’s Bryan Koenig contributed to this report.


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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. tomj

    This is another reason why John McCain should retire he's even out of touch with his family. Maybe Cindy won't finance her husband's campaign and run against him herself.

    October 25, 2013 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    Well, at least Cindy recognizes that abusing gay people does nothing for non gay people.

    October 26, 2013 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  3. Winston Smith

    I guess I'm never going to be inclined to accept this man as a viable leader, or member of the human race ever again. He's the person responsible for the nations blemish being as boisterous as she is. I'm talking about Sarah, the droning, whining, poor excuse of a human being that was unable to complete her job, but apparently is still not thought of as a quitter. She's a joke that just wont go away, or an open sore that fails to scab over and heal. Take your pick.

    October 26, 2013 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  4. wendel

    Cindy ha some sense.

    October 26, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |