The single most important obstacle in Congress to repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is probably U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who has become the de facto leader of those who oppose the change.
With that in mind, take a look at the following video, targeted at the link between teen suicides and anti-gay bullying. One of its themes is the argument that adults, by treating gay Americans as second-class citizens, in effect legitimize homophobia and harassment of gay teenagers by their peers.
Pay particular attention to the older blond woman who appears at 0:50, 0:57 and 1:11 minutes. As she points out pretty bluntly, “Our political and religious leaders tell LGBT 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?”
The woman, unidentified in the video, is Cindy McCain, wife of the