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Wife of US Senator John McCain gives anti-gay voting husband public push on ENDA

2008 Republican presidential nominee has been against gay marriage and gays serving openly in the military
Photo: John Gomez

What do you do when you are the pro-gay wife of a conservative US senator with an anti-gay voting record?

If you're Cindy McCain, wife of 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain, you send him a postcard.

Mrs. McCain this week put her signature on a postcard provided by the Human Rights Campaign asking her husband for his support on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

The legislation would prohibit discrimination in hiring and employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity by civilian, nonreligious employers with at least 15 employees.

ENDA passed through a senate committee over the summer and could be voted on by the entire US Senate this year.

Arizona Senator McCain has opposed the bill in the past, strongly opposed the dismantling of Don't Ask, Don't Tell and is also against gay marriage. Activists are targeting him and fellow Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake in a grassroots effort to gain support for the bill.

HRC spokesman Michael Cole-Schwartz tells the Washington Post that HRC volunteer John Gomez spotted Mrs. McCain at a Staples store in Pheonix on Thursday (24 October).

'He talked with her about our efforts to pass ENDA, and she shared her support for the bill,' Cole-Schwartz said.

Mrs. McCain, a vocal supporter of gay marriage, signed the postcard and addressed it to her husband.

Supporters are hoping this is the year that finally changes that because of other recent LGBT-related victories. It has been introduced in all but one Congress since 1994 and never had enough support for passage by the congress.

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