January 21st, 2010
04:26 PM ET
5 years ago

Cindy McCain poses for same-sex marriage campaign

Cindy McCain, the wife of the 2008 Republican presidential candidate, has posed for a Web site promoting same-sex marriage.
Cindy McCain, the wife of the 2008 Republican presidential candidate, has posed for a Web site promoting same-sex marriage.

(CNN) - Cindy McCain, the wife of the 2008 Republican presidential candidate, has posed for a Web site promoting same-sex marriage.

McCain, who's married to Arizona Sen. John McCain, appears in a photograph on the site with a piece of silver duct tape over her mouth and the slogan "No H8" written on her cheek.

The site's owners were stunned when Mrs. McCain came to them with the idea of posing for them, they said when posting her photo Wednesday.

"We've often been surprised at some of the different individuals who have approached us showing their support. Few, though, have surprised us more than Cindy McCain," wrote Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley.

"The McCains are one of the most well-known Republican families in recent history, and for Mrs. McCain to have reached out to us to offer her support truly means a lot," they wrote.

"Cindy McCain wanted to participate in the campaign to show people that party doesn't matter - marriage equality isn't a Republican issue any more than it is a Democratic issue," they argued, saying it was "about human rights."

The McCains' daughter Meghan, a vocal supporter of same-sex marriage, also appears on the site.

"I couldn't be more proud of my mother for posing for the NOH8 campaign. I think more Republicans need to start taking a stand for equality," Meghan McCain wrote on her Twitter page.

Meghan McCain appears holding an elephant - the symbol of the Republican party - with tape over its tusks.

Running for president, John McCain said he believed marriage should be between one man and one woman.

He reiterated that view through a spokeswoman Thursday.

"Senator McCain respects the views of members of his family. The senator chaired the effort to successfully pass Arizona Proposition 102, the Marriage Protection Amendment, and his opposition to gay marriage remains the same," Brooke Buchanan said.

The No H8 campaign arose in response to California's back-and-forth on same-sex marriage - first approved by the courts, then overturned by voters in a statewide referendum called Proposition 8. The issue is back in court now.

Bouska, a photographer, launched the site with Parshley "as a silent protest," they wrote.

It showcases pictures of Californians who oppose Proposition 8, they wrote when it launched nearly a year ago. It expanded to include celebrities and other supporters of same-sex marriage, all appearing with duct tape over their mouths and "No H8" painted on their cheeks.

soundoff (412 Responses)
  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Who cares, this is no more than a political ploy for the future of the McCain's son in politics. These people could care less about anyone but themselves and Arizonians are sick of them.

    January 21, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  2. Jay T.

    Good for her. It's the right stance.

    January 21, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  3. Anonymous

    Good for you Mrs. McCain!

    January 21, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  4. Nick , California

    Wow.. that's pretty big of Cindy.. didn't expect to see tolerance from the McCain fam!! If the Repubs keep this type of stuff up I might have to vote for one.. maybe!

    January 21, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  5. marcus (seattle)

    i commend cindy for her courage... it's embarassing how slowly social issues progress in this country.. consider how long we held on to slavery, denied women the right to vote, denied minorities the most basic of rights.. republicans will have to be dragged kicking and screaming in to the future... and that future will include gay marriage, and the right of a woman to choose.. years from now, our grandchildren were think we were idiots for this even having been an issue..

    January 21, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  6. mike

    Good for her, she has more common sense than her husband.

    January 21, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  7. Anonymous

    just leave the tape there.

    January 21, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  8. Jeff

    You go girl! Common sense knows no political party!

    January 21, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  9. Carolina de la Rocha

    Just because she is a Republican does not mean she is stupid. Everything has started to look so black and white in the States lately. If you are Democrat, this is the way you have to think and if you are Republican, this is the way you have to think. Glad to see that Cindy McCain has a mind of her own.

    January 21, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  10. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    We just need to build a golden cow and worship it why stop with gay marriage.

    January 21, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  11. sneaux

    I have not seen the use of so much filter since the old star trek tv show.

    January 21, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  12. Obama Mama

    If I was married to old McCain I would go for the same sex

    January 21, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  13. Susan

    Good for her!

    January 21, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  14. EC

    Wow..... this is proof that John McCain is full of crap. This old man has been nothing but a FRAUD. It's time for John McCain to retire, bottom line.

    I honestly don't feel any Senate or House seat should have a lifetime tenure. Folks like John McCain are stuck in a time warp and need to be replaced with younger, more fresher, more energize and open-minded thinkers. THINKERS who think outside the box, are HIGHLY educated technology-wise, academically-wise, creative-wise, policy-wise AND think about the FUTURE, not the past. Bottom line.

    It's time we give the younger generation a CHANCE to make a difference in the country's future. Afterall, it will be THEIR future, so they should have a SAY in how it is governed.

    January 21, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  15. jenn

    Hey, socially conservative Republicans, guess what? You are, and have been for ages, manipulated into voting against your own interests by a total bait-and-switch on social issues. Did you REALLY think these guys were pro-life and anti-gay marriage? I mean, the 6 years under Bush with total Republican control and zero movement on anti-abortion issues should have provided a clue, but maybe the overt support for gay marriage by people like Dick Cheney and Cindy McCain and Ted Olson will finally help you get it through your heads.

    January 21, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  16. mm1200

    Good for Cindy McCain–trying to distance herself from her wing nut husband.

    January 21, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  17. Dutch the Great

    What a farce. I don't remember her support for it during the Presidential campaign.

    January 21, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  18. Em

    YES!!! Go Cindy!!

    January 21, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  19. Jennifer

    Wow, should have been the first lady...

    January 21, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  20. cecilia

    I admire Cindy McCain for having the courage to step beyond the party line to express herself and her values. It shows that she has a mind for herself. If more of us could think outside of the bipolarism that has stalemated our country and our government, we'd get alot more done.

    January 21, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  21. Christian McDaniel

    Good for her. Hating pays off at election time in this country, but perhaps she can become herself when not on the trail.

    January 21, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  22. wbn

    I totally disagree with Mrs. McCain's stance, but I totally support her freedom to express herself. People on either side of this issue need to stop expressing hate toward one another. I am surprised that there are those who want criminalize the discussions and even the thoughts of those of us who simply believe in recognizing traditional marriage.

    January 21, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  23. Luc A

    Nice to see that not all Republicans are homophobic. Some can be very progressive. Sadly, many Republicans are still too closely linked to the religious right.

    January 21, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  24. Wydok

    Good for her.

    January 21, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  25. buzz

    Nothing suprises me anymore when it comes to politics!! It seems our Country has taken about 100 steps back from morality, integrity and self-esteem since the 1950's. I thought evolution meant striving to move forward and "higher"! That's not what is happening in the 21st Century!

    January 21, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
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