Cindy McCain Wants It Both Ways on DADT, with Tweet Supporting Husband

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There are reports that Cindy McCain, wife of Senator John McCain, has tweeted her support for her husband's position opposing the repeal of the U.S. military policy known as "don't ask, don't tell."

Both the Huffington Post and the New York Daily News are quoting a tweet from an account that appears to be owned by Mrs. McCain. While there is no Twitter verified icon used to designate the authenticity of the account it appears the Cindy McCain's Twitter page is real.

"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." That is what was tweeted on Friday night November 12.

Cindy McCain wants to have it both ways. Only days ago, a celebrated public service message hit the airwaves. Produced on behalf of a California organization known as NOH8, the ad includes public figures decrying the bullying of gay young people and adults.

Cindy McCain's tweet contradicts her position in the NOH8 public service message

It tries to connect the dots between society's attitudes towards the treatment of gay and lesbians with the climate that makes it safe for violent individuals to taunt, bully and in some cases beat or kill homosexuals.

Here is the key quote of Cindy McCain from the public service message: “Our political and religious leaders tell LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender] youth that they have no future. They can't serve our country openly. Our government treats the LGBT community like second-class citizens - why shouldn't they (bullies)?”

In essence, Mrs. McCain wants us to believe that while she is against bullying and understands the "second-class citizen" status of gay and lesbian soldiers, she nonetheless will not stray from her husband's position.

Senator McCain, changed his mind as well, when in September he publicly announced his opposition to the repeal of the military policy, at least for the time being. The McCain's daughter, Meghan is an outspoken support of the rights of gay couples to marriage.

It will be intriguing to hear either Mrs. or Senator McCain's parsing of the two positions that seem to contradict each other.

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