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. Jon in Atlanta

    Brava Cindy!

    January 21, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. valerie

    It's always great to see people stand up for what they believe, no matter the social, professional and emotional repurcussions.

    January 21, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  3. Wisconsonite

    Good on her. It would appear that she has more integrity than her husband.

    January 21, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  4. Bill

    If that's her opinion, so what? She's entitled to express herself.

    January 21, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  5. David

    If McCain had shown this kind of backbone, and stood up to the radical conservatives rather than fall inline with their political dogmas, I probably would have voted for him. The McCain of the early 2000's did not show up for the presidential race in 2008.

    January 21, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  6. C Spurgeon

    Good for her. I really like the daughter too. I actually don't agree with samer sex marriage but its do think everyone should have the same rights so whatever it takes to make that happen so be it. Certainly doesn't infringe on my rights or belief system to give all the same rights.The McCain ladies seem to have the guts it takes to stand for their beliefs while the Sen has turned into a political animal doing anything to get elected. I hope he goes by the wayside..

    January 21, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  7. Henri

    links links links

    everything gets a link to a website, why not this?
    i want to see the actual foto and campaign and you most offten offer that link...........why not now?

    January 21, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  8. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    Oh geeze. I can't believe I actually voted to let this creepy woman and her ditzy daughter into the White House. This story just emphasizes what a horribly bad choice voters were given in the election of 2008.

    January 21, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  9. Jeremy

    I have a newfound respect for the McCain's.

    I beg senator John McCain to wake up and support the equality of all people. After all, isn't this the principle the US would like us to believe their country is founded on?

    This denial of equality will, in years to come, be seen as a great failure and will be yet another blight on a country professing to value all people as free and equal.

    Stop the hate before more innocent people's live are ruined or ended by unneccessary prejudice!

    January 21, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  10. KMc

    Way to go Cindy. You are a great woman with so much class!!! Thank you for all that you do.

    January 21, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  11. usualone

    A woman who obviously thinks for herself. Yeah.

    January 21, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  12. Jay

    Good for her....more republicans should voice their opinion in support of equality!!!

    January 21, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  13. Dar

    Have you ever noticed that the Republican's wifes are HOT and the Dems wifes are dud's (i didn't want to say ugly) Hummm maybe thats why Dems are always so hateful, you know, having to look at ugly people all the time. :)

    January 21, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  14. Gustavo

    The Republicans are such hypoccrites. they dont know what they believe in.

    January 21, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  15. Shara

    Good for her. She should get rid of that old fool she is married to.

    January 21, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  16. John

    Oops!
    Where is Michael Steele and Limbaugh when one needs them to say something hateful and stupid?

    January 21, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  17. bbranberry

    Wow – people can surprise you.

    January 21, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  18. Glades

    Reading this story reminds me that we live in a world were we should always expect the unexpected, though sadly there's not very much in the news that surprises me any longer – certainly her timing could not have been worse, since that only hurts the party her husband represents. Without doubt, her opinion falls under the "keep that to yourself" column – and should have stayed that way...

    January 21, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  19. j

    Go Cindy! Maybe her husband will take a lesson from her and become a true "maverick".

    January 21, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Pandering for political reasons plain and simple. She contacted them. Hubby is up for re-election. You connect the boulders in Arizona.....

    January 21, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  21. obama the liar

    what would you expect from the wife of a rino?

    January 21, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  22. Independent from a Red State

    Way to go Mrs. McCain.

    It's nice to see that you are a lot more descent and caring about people in this world than your husband was.

    January 21, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  23. ck

    Way to go Cindy!!

    Great to see your support for something LONG overdue!

    January 21, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  24. FactCheck

    Maybe there is hope yet that the Republican party can extricate itself from the neo-con religious right wing-nuts and go back to being the party of fiscal conservatism.

    January 21, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  25. Tom in Dallas

    AWESOME!!!

    January 21, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
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