In addition to rocking a Chanel suit and Louboutin heels, Cindy McCain is the heir to the multi-million dollar company Hensley & Co., which distributes Budweiser. On top of that, her husband is one of the most powerful senators in Washington, and she works with philanthropic organizations.
Of course, Cindy has her demons, too. In the late 1980’s the imperfect angel dabbled in prescription drug addiction, but she kicked the habit a few years later. And in 2008, she was put through the wringer during the presidential election, frequently labeled an “ice queen” by the media. So she’s a survivor.
Honestly, her story would make excellent fodder for a Lifetime Original Movie.
All of these reasons combined are why we’d crack open a Bud Light with her at her Arizona mansion any day of the week.
Though her husband is opposed to same-sex marriage, Cindy is not. She has said multiple times that she supports LGBT rights, and continues fighting for the rights of gay people today. Just last month, she was honored with the Trevor Hero Award at an annual fundraiser in New York City for The Trevor Project. The organization offers support and suicide prevention services to LGBT youth.
By all estimation, she is not anti-gay.
Except for that little incident that happened in 2010 when Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell arose. Her husband was opposed to the repeal. Cindy, however, supported it, and even participated in a commercial with the NOH8 campaign voicing her opinions. Until a few days later when she backtracked. Big time.
On her Twitter page when she wrote: “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.”
Years later, she has yet to fully explain the whole backpedaling incident, but we are quite confident that pressure was applied by some GOP political consultant. You know, one of those consultants who drove the GOP into the ground during the last presidential election, and probably continues to do so today.
The incident remains a hiccup in her otherwise strong record of LGBT advocacy. But given all the work she’s done since, we forgive her.
Photo credit: Adam Bouska.