Cindy McCain says husband John is "coming around" on gay marriage

McCain discusses her recent gay rights activism and if her husband's views are evolving in a new podcast

Published June 20, 2013 6:39PM (EDT)

Cindy McCain             (AP/Mary Altaffer)
Cindy McCain (AP/Mary Altaffer)

Cindy McCain talked about her recent turn as a gay rights advocate and her husband's (potentially) evolving views on equal marriage as a guest on the Bender podcast on Thursday.

McCain credits her daughter Megan with opening her eyes and "challenging" her to do more to support gay rights -- and that may not be the only case of familial influence going on in the McCain household.

When asked about her husband Sen. John McCain -- who is currently working pretty hard to keep protections for LGBT individuals out of immigration reform -- McCain said a change of heart (and policy persuasion?) may be on the horizon: "I think he's coming around," she said. "My husband and I have differed on many issues over the years … I think down the line we'll see our country changing … on this issue I know he believes what's right."

You can listen to the full podcast here.

By Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at

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