Cindy McCain caves to pressure on DADT
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Yesterday Cindy McCain apparently caved to pressure, issuing a clarification of the statements she made in support of the LGBT community in a viral ad campaign this weekend.
In the NoH8 campaign McCain had voiced her objection to the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy - a view that for the first time publicly contradicted her husband John McCain's hardline stance.
In the ad McCain is heard saying that "our government treats the LGBT community like second class citizens" and "they can't serve our country openly."
But last night she suddenly took that back, tweeting the following:
"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."
Really? We are all just supposed to forget what we've just heard and seen? Did you lie today or yesterday, Cindy?
What sort of message is McCain sending to gay youth now? That if someone glowers at you long enough you should cave to discrimination and bigotry? If they pressure you long enough you should compromise your own publicly expressed beliefs?
Either way, Cindy Mccain's very public about face is as insulting as it is shocking. You can't lament the second class citizenship of gay people and support the discrimination that ensures it. You can't be a little bit for equality; you either support equality or you don't.
The gay community can't defend you from the fallout from this Cindy, because its indefensible. Which one of your faces would we be talking to anyway?
Apparently you're standing by your man, well good for you. But something Martin Luther King once said resonates in your actions: "We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."