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. Colin

    God bless you Cindy!

    You are showing the great Christian virtue of compassion for those less fortunate than yourself and the spirit of a true maverick.

    January 21, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  2. Richard L

    Kudos to Cindy McCain. This is the most impressive thing she has done.

    It's interesting that the idea of "No Hate" and support for other people's rights seems to be shocking to come from Republicans.

    January 21, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  3. NotFooledTX

    The picture is kinda freaky, but her intentions are good and respected.

    I bet this got old Grandpa McCains macho knickers in a wad.

    January 21, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  4. beyondliberal

    Oh, to be a fly on the wall when discusssions heat up in THAT house!
    Bravo, Cindy and Meghan!!!!

    January 21, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  5. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    One of the reasons I abandoned the GOP years ago was the contempt for individuals implicit in their homophobia–obviously, from their point of view, some people are more equal than others. It's a case of profound narrow-mindedness. For a bible-thumping neo-con, only people who are "just like them" are worthy of real respect and consideration.

    (This attitude, by the way, didn't used to be a characteristic of the Republican Party–it kinda weaselled its way in a decade or so ago. When it slithers off again, I'll consider resuming my support of the GOP, and I suspect there are a lot of people who will do the same.)

    (This is not to say that Dems aren't guilty of equally pernicious bigotry. The difference is that their self-righteousness is based on politics, not religion–to a Liberal, people who aren't Liberal are all heartless half-wits.)

    January 21, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  6. Mike in MN

    Cindy McCain is entitled to her opinion as is every other American. Thirty pluls states have voted on this issue and 30 plus states have rejected gay marriage. Many who are against gay marraige are for civil unions for gays. The state governments should go that route and forget about gay marriage.

    January 21, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  7. Concerned citizen

    This is awesome! Thank you, Cindy. When this is the single issue that the President is to the right of people like Cindy McCain and Dick Cheney (of all people!) you have to hope that it will be a matter of time before he realizes it is no longer an issue of liberal vs. conservative. It is a human issue, and it is time for all of us to respect each others' humanness.

    January 21, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  8. Mike

    Maybe there is some hope for the Republican party–not all of them are bigots, sexists, and racists.

    January 21, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  9. Lynne in CA

    I applaud Cindy McCain and her daughter Meghan for taking the stand of Equality For All. After watching her interviews and reading the numerous articles about Cindy McCain, I have concluded that she is a kind and gentle soul who lives her own life on her terms in spite of her mean spirited and very angry husband.

    Thank you Cindy and Meghan McCain for bucking the conservative establishment in the interest of human marriage rights.

    January 21, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  10. Elizabeth

    You totally rock, Cindy McCain! as does your daughter Meghan McCain! Kudos to you both. You represent the best in western independence and republican dedication to individual rights. Thank you for standing up on the side of fairness and equality.

    January 21, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  11. D.R.

    Wow, I'm impressed. I was also the most impressed with George Bush than I've ever been when he said the Haiti earthquake is not a political issue. Fox News should take note of that.

    January 21, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  12. DJ in TX

    Senator McCain has always advocated that he believes marriage as between a man and a woman. But he's also stated that he doesn't believe it is a federal issue. As center left Demacrat, the GOP should leave this issue alone. They should state what they believe and never change from that, but they shouldn't try to "force" their beliefs on others. If we believe gay marriage is a "sin" or immoral, then we should tell people our beliefs, then let them make their own choice. Just as you listen to your minister every Sunday, but then make your own choice to heed those words or not. The GOP would do better sticking to the REAL issues and leave the morality alone. You can't legislate morality.

    January 21, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. zivo24

    I have all new respect for Cindy McCain.

    The fact that she approached them and volunteered to do the photo, knowing what a statement it would make to have the wife of one of the most prominent republicans in the country, speaks volumes about her character.

    It's a shame her husband doesn't share her commitment to upholding the constitutional guarantee of equality for all.

    Maybe she should take his allowance away until he comes around.

    January 21, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  14. Palin Schmalin

    HA! And right on the heels of yesterday's hysterical story about "McCain pulling out his trump card called Palin to stump for him in March".

    I think Cindy is tired of John's woody for Palin and is getting back at him by publicly taking an opposing side on a huge issue. Between his wife and his sweetheart Sarah....Johnny's 'career' is about to implode.

    January 21, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  15. 20yearold_soldier

    I guess SOME people in the republican party is finally relizing that if they dont want their party to become extinct, they will need to finally become more "liberal" on social issues, or they will continue to cut off a whole generation of voters. You want the youth vote? thats what they need to do. continue to flock to your "sarah palins" of your party and say good by to us 20 year olds. Cindy Mccain just earned more respect from me... go cindy! con

    January 21, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  16. JimS.

    Good for you, Cindy. Now convince your husband– as if he doesn't already agree, Don't worry, we know. We know.

    January 21, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  17. Betsy

    What is this woman thinking?! The Republicans have enough trouble without Cindy McCain stepping up with this outlandish behavior. If the Republicans stand by this then I am quitting the Republican Party. She probably just wants attention. What a way to get it. Go hide, why don't you?

    January 21, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  18. Mel

    So glad I live in a free country where you can speak your mind. Whatever your thoughts are on morals associated with gay/lesbian relationships, I think its important to protect our citizens rights. Good for Mrs. McCain for stepping up, I'm sure there will be a lot of backlash

    January 21, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  19. Rick, ex marine, liberal

    Good for her! She actually has a mind of her own that's not owned by Fox Nos.

    January 21, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  20. Tristan

    Careful, by all reports John McCain is not a good person to piss off.

    January 21, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  21. Anonymous

    Fantastic.

    January 21, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  22. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Let me get this straight, the GOP is opposed to same-sex marriage, their Evangelical-Religious-Right base, fight against same-sex-marriage and Mrs. McCain is posing & lending her name in SUPPORT of SAME-SEX marriage?????

    What will the Teabaggers & Religious-Right think?!

    January 21, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  23. Jim

    " ... 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."

    very very VERY true. it's time the republicans realize this on a number of important issues. issues which include torture and health care as well as same sex marriage.

    January 21, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  24. Mike, Dallas

    wait......Wha........Wha... What??? That's Cindy McCain??? Who would have been first lady???? Really? So now it's okay for you to promote same-sex marriage because you're not in the Republican spotlight anymore?? Oh I get it....... No one is "teling you what to do or say"........Where were you during the campaign??? Getting fed the Republican rhetoric???? Did you suddenly have a change of heart about gay marriage??? Who are you?

    January 21, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  25. Lila in Colorado

    It always seemed to me that this woman was a weirdo. I am not surprised by anything that she, her daughter or husband would do to get the attention of the American public.

    January 21, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
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