January 21st, 2010
04:26 PM ET
4 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. Cathy in AZ

    I am not a fan of either Senator McCain or his wife, that being said, kudos to Cindy McCain for lending her presence to this cause. I have long wondered what everyone is afraid of by allowing same sex marriage. More people, on either side of the aisle, should follow her example.
    Mrs. McCain, good for you!

    January 21, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  2. Yeah for the McCain Women!

    Now if only more Republicans would come out in support of equality for all people the world will improve. We can be Republicans or Democrats that believe in equality!

    January 21, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  3. Donkey Party

    The dirty, racist, America-hating Tea-baggers already think John McCain is too liberal (a joke in itself), wonder how this will go over with them since old "get off my yard" McAncient is so chummy with their new semi-retarded poster boy Scott Brown?

    January 21, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  4. NYGirlMD

    Wow, I have slightly more respect for the woman now. I didn't think she was capable of having her own opinion, but I stand corrected. Good for her. Unfortunately, I think she is going to get some backlash from the Repub party (and others) for this though.

    January 21, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  5. Jose

    Good to see. It isn't a republican or democrat or political issue. It's an issue that affects the basic lives of many people in this country. if gay marriage is wrong, than we should abolish straight marriage. What is fair for one is fair for all.

    January 21, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  6. justsane

    way to go cindy!! i knew that there had to be more to you than $300,000 outfits.

    January 21, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  7. Rachel widerman

    I commend her for joining the No H8 campaign ... Thank you!

    January 21, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  8. HarryB

    Good move by Cindy. She should run in the GOP Primary against her Husband, who is showing more and more signs of losing it.

    January 21, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  9. Sandy

    As a liberal, I say, "Bravo." I admit I had a relatively negative image of Mrs. McCain over the course of her husband's presidential campaign. I think that was the unfortunate result of a faulty campaign.
    I do love Meghan too.
    Great going ladies!

    January 21, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  10. Linda

    Disgusting – People have voted repeatedly against same sex marriage. Drop it....Marriage is reserved for one man one woman relationship period. What's next, multiple partners?

    January 21, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  11. yuri

    OK- Can she not offer something constructive, rather than touch off a tumultuous topic of gay gaiety? Focus on the financials, folks!

    January 21, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  12. Linda Iowa

    What courage. If more republicans would be interested in accepting of human differences instead of creating a theocracy we would not be so divided. Shame on people of any party who hide behind "religion" to promote their own hate and prejudices.

    January 21, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  13. Ben in Texas

    After being married to Loser McCain, I wouldn't be surprised if Cindy picked a woman next time.

    January 21, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  14. Skip

    Go Cindy McCain!

    January 21, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  15. CTer

    Good for her! My spouse and I have different viewpoints on this same issue. Everybody called her a stepford as if she had identity or opinions of her own. Good for Cindy! Here's to equal right's and ending second class citizenry. Separate but equal is never equal!

    January 21, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  16. m55vette

    Go Cindy! Good to see you are able to step out of the party lines for what you feel is right. That is what Americans should be about.

    January 21, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  17. Teresa L

    good for her! Just goes to show you it shouldn't matter what polital party you belong to.....every american should be afforded the same right...to marry who they choose!

    January 21, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  18. Bertina

    Republicans have nothing to say about this because they think they won the world because of one senate seat. Keep thinking this.

    January 21, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  19. Albert K. L.A., CA

    Wow, the Republican Party is turning its back on the so called "Moral Majority" (The Base). First that nude poster child, Scott Brown, wins in Mass and now Cindy comes out for same-sex marriage. That leaves only Sarah and the Tea Party to carry the spear for those who want to force their opinion of morals on the rest of us. This is the end of the Republican Party.

    January 21, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  20. jane

    Why the suprise?? Do all politicians wives have to be carbon copy of their spouses?? including all the husband's beliefs?/ Absolutely not they have their own ideologies and thoughts. I think it is great.

    January 21, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  21. Glenn

    Good for her! I was unimpressed with her during the 2008 presidential campaign. However, my opinion of her has gone up immensely. It would be interesting if her husband shares her opinion.

    January 21, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  22. Larry Gilbert

    The word of God is very clear on the subject of women with women and or man with man. Who is Cindy Mc Cain or anyone else to defy or ignore God's stance on marriage. No one's admitting it, but this, along with greed and other abominations this country is tolerating and practicing without restraint is worst than the "Terrorism" we war against. Mainly because we have left God as a country and we cannot expect his protection when we don't even honor his word. This country has taken God out of everything we stood for, so it's a no-brainer as to where we are headed as a country!!!!!

    January 21, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  23. PJP

    I'm really glad especially in this case that McCain did not get elected and I voted for him. Obama is not any better but to promote same sex marriage is a crime against God. You don't beleive me, then read about Sodom and Gamora in the Bible and not just on a search engine.

    January 21, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  24. John

    Thank you, Cindy McCain! I am truly impressed you offered to make your voice heard on this issue. I've never understood what politics had to do with this matter. Families should come first . . . ALL families, including gay ones. Marriage defines and protects families legally and culturally.

    If that was the focus of our national policy decisions, we would all be a lot better off, no matter what our personal beliefs.

    Kudos to those who recognize that regardless of their political affiliation.

    January 21, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  25. Wendell

    She must be bi-sexual!

    January 21, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
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