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

Cindy McCain poses for same-sex marriage campaign

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/01/21/art.mccain.jpg caption="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. Dave

    The homosexual agenda is a tough one for our country. No one wants to deny rights and the vast majority of people are not homophobic. However, most Americans think marriage between man and a woman is an important institution for families and our nation. I hope those pushing this agenda can understand this logic.

    January 21, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  2. Jay

    I don't believe it... They are playing politics... again!

    January 21, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  3. Jason

    To Jeff and others who thing that marriage is to start a family and have children.. i ask : then shouldn't barren women not be allowed to get married? how about a couple that simply doesn't want kids. should they not be able to get married as well?

    January 21, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  4. Susan

    WOW! WOW! WOW! – never thought I would utter the words, but great job Cindy! Now show the Maverick how it's done!

    January 21, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  5. Jacob

    now the big question is, would she have had the same courage to do this had her husband won the white house?

    regardless, thank you for your support Cindy!

    January 21, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  6. lou

    See... if Republicans could put religious views aside,many more Americans might even agree with their fiscal policy. But that Holier than thou,I know how you should live your life,fear of god crap is what causes moderates like myself to vote Anti-Republican every time. Believe what you want to believe,but keep God out of politics. Please. He is busy enough... The constitution demands it!

    January 21, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  7. Kim in AZ

    That is some serious airbrushing.

    January 21, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  8. beanie213

    ok first of all to Jeff who says, "the reason you get married is to have a family as we are a family with god" what about the people who don't believe in god or the ones that don't believe in your "real god" should they not be allowed to marry? what about divorce, adoption, re-marriage? Now you are trying to define family too? I think thats what you are saying but I really can't tell.

    It did make me smile when I saw this article. I don't know much about Cindy, the republican party, or policitcs at all but anytime a public figure stands up against inequality or prejudice it makes me happy. Regardless of what you may feel about her or her motives for doing this you never know, this may change someones mind or at least get them thinking about it. The more exposure this issue gets, the better it is for the cause.

    January 21, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  9. Glo

    I have gay and lesbian friends, and support them in their lifestyle.
    However, I do not believe Cindy McCain did this out of respect for these individuals...seems like a political ploy to me.

    January 21, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  10. Cowboy

    Adultress who supports homosexuality. Who's surprised.

    January 21, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  11. James75

    To Mike1952:

    It's not a choice. Why would someone "choose" to allow someone to vote on whether they should marry?

    When was the last time someone voted on whether you have the right to marry?

    January 21, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  12. Greg

    Hippocrit. When she thought her husband could get elected, she kept her mouth shut. It was and is all about the money. You can't trust people who speak with forked toungs.

    January 21, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
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