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. Ect

    Good for Cindy McCain. My respect level for her just increased.

    January 21, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  2. elizabeth

    I'm so glad to see prominent Republicans coming out in support of marriage equality. This isn't a partisan issue, it's about civil rights.

    January 21, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  3. ThinkAgain

    I'm no fan of the McCains, but good for Cindy and Meghan in taking this stand!

    January 21, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  4. andy

    Cindy McCain for Pres in 2016!!

    Cindy Deserves a lot of respect. Their family is one of the classiest in the political spotlight in years. Cheers to them for raising the bar.

    January 21, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  5. a health economist

    Wow! I haven't thought much of Cindy McCain in the past, but I have to admit, I'm impressed. Bravo.

    January 21, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  6. Native Texan

    Wow, I'm impressed! Thank you Cindy McCain for standing up for marriage equality!

    January 21, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  7. Big Mo

    Don't mean any disrespect to Mz. McCain but can anyone credibly define just what useful purpose does homosexuality serve? The only two that come to mind is personal preference and personal lust. All knee jerk emotionalism aside If Homosexuality is a civil right as legislated from the bench then does it not also follow that any other personal preference in sex is also a civil right? Considering that this will have to be passed there is a great possibility that this comment will not be posted. Shame too because the points and the question happen to be honest ones.

    January 21, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  8. Minnesota gal

    What's the problem. If a dumb butt senator to be can pose nude what's wrong with Cindy McCain having an opinion. Or are republican wives supposed to get permission from the whole party before they can do anything.

    January 21, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  9. Molly Weasley

    Good for her. Just because her husband isn't very smart doesn't mean she can't come to the right conclusions on her own.

    January 21, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  10. Michael Sawyer

    Wow, in an instant my entire opinion of this woman has changed!

    January 21, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  11. republicans hate america

    the writing is on the wall. sooner or later the conservatives have to wake up to the fact that there are a lot more liberals then they can ever come up with in their own nightmares.

    January 21, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  12. GMH

    Excellent statement on her part

    January 21, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  13. Kevin the Democrat

    Smart Move Cindy! It's about time the GOP loosened it's grip on those outdated ideals.

    Next, can someone please start convincing people that Stem Cell research is not a product of the Devil?

    January 21, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  14. Steve

    Brava to Mrs. McCain and her daughter for standing up for equality.

    I guess bravo to McCain for, ummm, sticking to his views of hate and discrimination?

    I guess...?

    January 21, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  15. Rick Sutter

    Let's see what nasty things Democrats can find to say about this story.

    January 21, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  16. rob

    Awesome! Good for her!

    January 21, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  17. Here's the real GOP

    I'm glad some of the McCain clan are not dragging their knuckles on the ground.

    January 21, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  18. tim nyc

    wow! very cool indeed...who would have thunk it... i'm sure sarah will have some dim witted reply to mrs. mccain's actions..but i'm pleasantly shocked!

    January 21, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  19. jeannettelj

    CINDY MCCAIN JUST MOVED UP A NOTCH IN MY BOOK!!

    January 21, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  20. Andy

    What ever happened to the sanctity of the marriage institution? I'd like to see what John McCain has to say about this.

    This only goes to show the extent of hypocricy of republicans and politicians in general. Their stand on issues is self-serving. No moral grounds what-so-ever.

    January 21, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  21. W from FLA

    My opinion of Cindy McCain just went up a couple of notches. Good for her.

    January 21, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  22. Juniper

    Good for Cindy! The gay rights movement needs the support of straight people who speak out for equality, and especially of Republicans who, more often than not, use "family values" as a way to alienate and disenfranchise people while engaging in their own scandals. Sanctity of marriage, indeed. Thank you, Cindy and Meghan! Please keep it up, and hopefully more people will follow suit. Civil rights are never easily won.

    January 21, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  23. dude palin

    Now folks the gop will put her to death on the cross !!

    January 21, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  24. Bill

    Good for her! Surprisingly, I know quite a few Republicans who support same-sex marriage. Many are 'socially liberal, economically conservative'.

    January 21, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  25. getreal

    WOW! I never thought I'd say this, but Cindy McCain...You Go Girl!

    January 21, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
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