As John McCain Obstructs Rights For Same-Sex Couples, Cindy McCain Predicts GOP Evolution

Cindy and Sen. John McCain (R)

Cindy and Sen. John McCain (R)

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has emerged as one of the Senate’s most vocal opponents of granting immigration rights to bi-national same-sex couples. But his wife said Monday that she expects his anti-LGBT views to be out of the mainstream even in his party by 2016.

McCain, who fiercely opposed Don’t Ask Don’t Tell repeal in 2010 and voted against adding LGBT protections to the federal hate crime law. said in March that he doubts he’ll ever change his strong opposition to same-sex marriage.

Cindy McCain, his wife of 33 years, said at a Monday fundraiser for the anti-bullying Trevor Project that she believed the Republican Party would come to support legal equality for same-sex couples over the next three years: “You’re going to see a major turn. By the next presidential election I think this will be an issue that will be very much agreed on by both parties.” She added that she believes even her husband will come around, noting that the Senator “hears from his own daughters and his own children and from me a little bit about this.”

Recently, Senator McCain has sought to block legislative efforts to allow America citizens to sponsor their foreign-born same-sex partners for immigration green cards. First, he compared proposals to include gay and lesbian families in comprehensive immigration reform legislation to “taxpayer funding for abortion,” noting he cared much more about border security than about LGBT people. Last month he doubled down on his anti-LGBT position, vowing he would “do everything in my power to see that [such protections are] not” part of the immigration reform package. Since under the Defense of Marriage Act, which McCain supported, currently prevents the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages, even those legally united in states with marriage equality are currently unable to sponsor their same-sex spouses.

But the anti-LGBT views of John McCain and the vast majority of his Senate Republican colleagues are increasingly out of step with the American public and his own constituents — and, it seems, their own families.