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. TLMN

    HeHe; you go girl!

    January 21, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  2. bob

    I wonder what the conservative movement thinks about this now, realizing that it's very likely she will sway her husband on the issue at some point, and if he had been president, oh noes! there goes your whole platform that gay somehow equals evil.

    January 21, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  3. Julie

    As a Canadian, I'm very happy to see this woman speaking out for what she believes. I do not understand why so many Americans are against gay marriage. Everyone should have the right to get married.

    January 21, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. Heralynn

    Hey Jeff, maybe you should keep your gloom and doom religion to yourself. Jesus is waaaaay cooler than you give him credit for.

    Re: same sex marriage. Why not call it something else and surround it with similar and reasonable legalities? Then it won't interfere with the sacrament of marriage, but satisfy those in favor? Or would it not? Is the word marriage that important to homosexuals?

    January 21, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  5. Laballa

    Wow...are we suppose to care what Cindy McCain thinks? If so, why?

    January 21, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  6. Dave, the Truthteller

    Notice how the Libs only like those who totally agree with them. So tolerant! Typical Libs.....

    January 21, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  7. Mark

    Oh, please Jeff. Should sterile people not be allowed to marry either?

    January 21, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  8. A Guy

    Good for her. I applaud this.

    January 21, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  9. Troy Fugnitti

    Matthew 7 13:14

    January 21, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  10. Orange Curtain, CA

    Here we go again with Gay Marriage media circus. Why don't we bring Tom DeLay and Bill Frist back to power and start another abortion and patient rights wedge discussion too while we're at it.

    January 21, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  11. ahoward3

    Why is opposition to "Gay Marriage" hate? A weed is not a rose even if everyone calls it one... Marriage is between a man and woman. This has nothing to do about hate or civil rights... It has everything to do with redefining established words and perversion to allow acceptance... What right are they denied if it's not called "marriage"? Any homosexual can marry anyone of age, available, and consenting of the OPPOSITE SEX! If they want a form of same sex union call it something else. But supporting gay "marriage"? This is corrosive – redefining the word "marriage" concedes that perverted behavior is acceptable and must be accepted... it is still perversion. Truth is NOT hate, it is simply the truth. A weed or rose? Be truthful not perverted.

    January 21, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  12. paul


    Loved her in the campaign and LOVE her more now.

    Thank you, Mrs. McCain.

    January 21, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  13. lblt

    Cindy, don't inflame this issue by labeling it "H8" if you disagree with something. You must have learned this tactic from the Left. Just go away.

    January 21, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  14. Anon

    Amazing! She is definitely smarter than her moron husband. I wonder if we can get her to take his place as an AZ senator. Maybe if he had an accident...

    January 21, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  15. debbie

    Note to Cindy!!!!!! Endorsing Republican candidates won't help your eleventh hour cause. You had almost a year in the public eye with every media camera pointed at you to speak about this and you chose to remain silent. Your interest in the cause is suspicious and I would strongly suspect halfhearted.

    January 21, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  16. Tom Wilkinson

    Why do they belittle gay marriage opposition into hate? I know many opposed to gay marriage but no one who wishes ill will or less rights for gays. If they need a civil union to have equal rights, no problem. The tem "marriage" has a special meaning, a union between a man and a woman. There is no hate in protecting this, but portraying marriage protectors as haters constitutes an attack. It is similar to how Tea Partiers are maligned as bigots by the left. Giving someone an ugly label is a copout from dealing with real objections.

    January 21, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  17. Donna

    To the guy who announced that the purpose of marriage is to have children: Do we do fertility tests to make sure that people who wish to marry can do so? Do we ban marriage for women who are past the age of being able to do so? Do we require divorce if a couple has fertility problems? Hardly. The very notion is idiocy, as is the attempt to use the argument to oppose the right of all people to be treated equally and with dignity and respect.

    January 21, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  18. sgurdog

    Wow! Kudos Cindy!

    January 21, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  19. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Trying to post a comment on CNN is impossible, lately, what's up?

    I am amazed that Mrs. McCain is offering her support to the Gay community!

    What will the Religious-right think?

    January 21, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  20. James, Phoenix AZ

    To "jeff':
    Judging from your grammar, puncuation and spelling, you are typical of the American Taliban who want to impress your medieval values on the rest of us. Back off. Who said the purpose of marriage is to produce children? That is hogwash. Let's start putting some separation between your bible and the law that protects ALL of us, regardless of our beliefs. Go crawl back under your rock.

    January 21, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  21. Jeremy

    Confirms they're definitely not Rs. And too moderate to ignite a base. Hence the butt whoopin 11/2008

    January 21, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  22. keenanrh


    that's your definition of marriage, but not "the" definition of marriage. what these people are justly fighting for is the right for their love to be recognized just like everyone elses. a more accurate depiction of marriage is bond between two people who want to spend their lives with each other sharing good times and bad. if a gay couple wants to adopt a child that would otherwise remain in the system because of a girl and boy who were not mature enough to make the right decisions, or because there was no one there to take care of the child initially, does that make their family less credible? this is about rights as a human being, not the bible. this country was founded on rights for individuals who were persecuted, and with that in mind, just as the abolition of slavery, and the civil rights movement proved, equality will be granted where it's due, and it's due here.

    January 21, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  23. MayaMaya

    Good for you, Mrs. McCain. I am sorry I mistook you for a Stepford Wife during the campaign.

    January 21, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  24. Prospering Pete

    So... why do you need marriage when you have civil unions with the same rights? Marriage is a religious sacrament, and if the religion says no, then it should be as simple as that. I do stand behind equal rights being provided to a civil union, however throwing a child into the mix compicated things. I'm not convinced having two dads and no mother will not mentally screw up a kid. It's not natural simply because two members of the same sex cannot naturally produce a child.

    January 21, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  25. BillybobTIREDOFFstoopidrethuglicans!

    Uh-oh....are we starting to see signs that a rethuglican is beginning to think? How unimaginable!

    January 21, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
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