updated 11/12/2010 1:35:32 PM ET 2010-11-12T18:35:32

Cindy McCain, the wife of 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain, is speaking out against the ban on gays serving openly in the military while her husband is working to maintain it.

In a celebrity-filled anti-bullying video, Mrs. McCain says "government treats the (gay) community like second-class citizens" and gives permission to bullies by continuing policies that discriminate. Mrs. McCain says religious and political leaders tell young gays and lesbians "that they have no future."

Sen. McCain has blocked repeal of the so-called "don't ask, don't tell policy." The House and a Senate committee have approved the repeal. The Arizona lawmaker says he wants to review a Pentagon study before moving forward.

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