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They are one of the most powerful couples in all of Arizona, and a formidable force in Washington DC -- Arizona Senator John McCain and his wife Cindy.

Like most married couples, they don't always see eye to eye on everything. Especially when it comes to gay marriage.

Cindy McCain posed for the "no hate" campaign a few years back, in support of gay marriage. Her husband is opposed to it.

Fast forward to a few days ago. Cindy McCain signed a postcard aimed at her husband -- hoping he'll back legislation that would bar workplace discrimination based on someone's sexual orientation.

A lot of couples don't agree when it comes to politics, but most of those disagreements don't get a lot of publicity. That's not the case with John and Cindy McCain.

In this case she sent a letter to her own husband, asking him to support a bill barring workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. A bill John McCain has opposed in the past.

The letter begins: "Dear Senator McCain, I am writing you to ask you to support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act 'ENDA.' Americans from all walks of life share the value that no one - including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people - should face discrimination in the workplace."

And that letter is signed by Senator John McCain's own wife Cindy.

She was shopping in Phoenix last week when an organizer with the human rights campaign asked her to sign the petition. She did, and posed for a picture holding the sign: "No one should be fired for who they are."

It's not the first time Cindy McCain has made a public statement on gay rights.

In 2010 she appeared in an ad against the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy while her husband supported it. And she spoke out about the bullying of LGBT kids.

"Our political and religious leaders tell LGBT youth they have no future," Cindy McCain said.

Senator McCain's office sent FOX 10 this statement: "Senator McCain enjoys and appreciates having discussions on the important issues of the day with all the members of his family, and he respects their views."

Phoenix attorney Tyler Allen says having a high-profile supporter like Cindy McCain helps bring attention to the issue of workplace discrimination.

"You could be a top performer, be to work every single day on time, just received a review where you got glowing reviews and excellent on all of your marks -- they find out you are gay they can fire you that day and tell you 'I'm firing you because you're gay.' And you have nothing you can do about it."

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act passed a senate committee in July, and could go to the floor for a vote in the senate as early as next week.

Supporters are hopeful Senator McCain will vote in favor of it this time around.

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