Cindy McCain, the wife of Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainThe Memo: Powell ended up on losing side of GOP fight A pandemic of hyper-hypocrisy is infecting American politics Virginia race looms as dark cloud over Biden's agenda MORE (R-Ariz.), said Friday night that she supports her husband's stance on "Don't ask, don't tell."
Cindy McCain, who, along with her daighter, Meghan McCain, had participated in the "NOH8" campaign against a ballot initiative in California banning same-sex marriage, said she backed the military's ban on openly gay and lesbian service members.
Mrs. McCain tweeted:
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.
The confusion crept up after Cindy McCain appeared in the latest "NOH8" ad against bullying.
“Our political and religious leaders tell LGBT youth that they have no future ... They can’t serve our country openly,” McCain said in the ad, seemingly suggesting opposition to "Don't ask, don't tell."
The appearance led to media coverage reporting a rift between Cindy McCain and the senator on the policy. Sen. McCain has said he doesn't support doing away with the policy until the military completes its review of the policy, a report which is due later this year. Until then, McCain has vowed to filibuster any legislation looking to repeal the policy.
While Congress debates a repeal of the policy, outside groups have sought to wage a legal challenge to the policy. A federal judge struck down the ban, but an appeals court ruled the policy could stay in place while the matter is litigated. The U.S. Supreme Court backed that ruling on Friday.