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. Chris

    I suspect that the Gay Rights Movement may end up being the proverbial straw for the "Organized Religion" camel. I have been observing a rather astounding increase in the amount of people who are sick to death of the "holier than thou" crowds and their ignorance and hatred in the name of their god.

    January 21, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  2. TomInRochNY

    I'm a left-leaning independent and like few Republicans. But, I like Meghan, and now Cindy, McCain. They seem to be two of only a few Republicans who understand reality. It's about beliefs and convictions, not party and power. If either one ran for office, I'd seriously consider voting for them.

    January 21, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. Fernando F.

    Cindy has guts. I'm sure Meghan is very proud of her mother.
    If heterosexual marriages are so good, why do we have 50% divorce?
    Let's make a deal: they day 100% of heterosexuals marriages keep their marriages, you can declare homosexual marriages illegal... until that day, let them be as "miserable/happy" as any other couple.

    January 21, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  4. Jg

    If God is truly pissed off about gay marriage and punishing us as a country then I hope he continues to do so. Because as a heterosexual who lives in Mass where gay marriage is legal, and since it has become legal, I've gotten a better job, found true love, and have the freedom to do what I want. God Please continue to forsake me.

    January 21, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  5. Socially Liberal Republican

    Hey Bob – You think Cindy McCain's family has a stanglehold of AZ's booze??? Where do you think the Kennedy's got their money?

    January 21, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  6. USC Student

    Jeff, you're a fool.

    January 21, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. Stream Of Consciousness

    Hey Jeff, keep YOUR religion/superstitions out of our government. They have no place in deciding policy. Your invisible man theory is really absurd.

    January 21, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  8. Bob Dog

    When Meghan McCain started to go public with all sorts of intelligent and open-minded comments, I started to rethink by dislike of Cindy McCain.

    Now, with Cindy's support of this gay marriage website, I am convinced I was wrong. This is a beautiful thing Cindy is doing. Now its completely clear why Meghan is so classy and strong minded. Her mother did a good job raising her.

    Cindy, I was wrong. You do in fact, "Rock!"

    January 21, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  9. Iggymo

    To bad Mrs. McCain couldn't find her voice sooner. All this did was reinforce my belief that people will do or say anything to win an election. If McCain had become President, Cindy would NOT be speaking her mind now. With or without duct tape.

    January 21, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  10. Chip Pierce

    What does duct tape over her mouth have to do with same sex marriage?
    Maybe it symbolizes how women should just shut up and do what their husband says, as Cindy has done.

    I bet John McCain must be furious that he is less popular than the nation's best cocktail party joke – Sarah Palin!!!

    January 21, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  11. Wild Mountain Man

    I respect her right to free speech. Nobody is trying to silence people who want to practice same sex, so the tape over the mouth is inappropriate.

    That said, not everything people WANT to do is a GOD given UNALIENABLE RIGHT. Society establishes laws that restrict freedoms, to protect the general rights of all the people in society. Consider, you don't have the right to shoot a gun in a populated city. You don't have the right to abuse others, verbally or physically.

    Many laws involving married couples exist to protect children who have the RIGHT to be raised by a father and mother as part of natures laws. Not two mothers, or two fathers. Why isn't the Gay community and protecting the RIGHTs of children?

    People desiring same sex activities, selfishly claim rights that nature hasn't provided, and seek to raise children in a manner nature and God never intended. If men or women want to live together I have no objection, just don't call it marriage. Call it a civil union, and keep children out of it.

    January 21, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  12. Steve

    Good for both Cindy and Meghan for standing up for what they believe in. I'm a die-hard registered Democrat and stand 100% behind marriage equality. I agree that social issues such as marriage equality need to transcend party politics- gay marriage rights shouldn't be confined to a Democratic or Republican issue. It's a human rights issue, and I think it's great they came out in favor of it, despite what John McCain believes.

    January 21, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  13. Chris from the midwest

    I find Jeff's comment and "prayer" rather interesting as he uses the debate that the reason for marriage is to procreate and that because two men or two women can't that their marriage and love for each other is a falsehood, a false marriage. I wonder if the same would be said for a married man and woman who choose not to have children or of a man and a woman who can't have children or of senior married men and women who are beyond childrearing years, if their marriage is also a false marriage. One can only summate that they are, so then, should they be allowed to be married? I also have to ask; do people who get a divorce deserve the right to get remarried? It's obvious their view on marriage is a falseshood as well.

    I wonder if people realize that they two men and two women, in fact, can procreate; through artificial insementaion, adoption and surrogacy. Being a gay man, I defend his right to have his religious views, however, his religous views are not mine and many other people's views. Regardless of his religious views, this is an issure of equal protection under the laws of our great country. We need to stop treating decent loving citizens of this country like second class citizens and treat each other with love and respect despite our differences and stope the H8.

    January 21, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  14. Marion/Birmingham,Al

    Nice to complain about another states laws and reform issues,Cindy needs to pay attention to what is happening in her state and leave California alone.

    January 21, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  15. Mark1953

    This is to Mike1952, Maybe if you did not have 100's of "friends" that hate gays their kids would not have to be questioning themselves. I doubt it is questioning, more than likely its fear.

    I for one am glad to see Mrs McCain taking a stand.

    January 21, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  16. Laura

    Cindy McCain – As if I looked up to her! Please... She may be a Republican, but she certainly does not espouse Conservative values.

    If gay couples want their legal unions, fine – give it to them. But to call the union of two people of the same sex "marriage" is offensive.

    If gays can marry, why should polygamy continue to be outlawed? Why can't we marry family members, or even animals?

    Let's not make a joke of marriage.

    January 21, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  17. guest55

    very gutsy ladies, I'm sure they are taking considerable heat from friends and John McCain's political advisors as well. This is probably the finest thing Cindy has done in her quite amazing life, she stands much taller alone than standing beside her husband. It must be very hard for them at all those Republican conventions pleasantly greeting and smiling at all those homophobes.

    January 21, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  18. Fred

    Wonder when John will admit to having black relatives ? his brother goes to the family reunions. In any event she is doing what her husband used to do and be.

    January 21, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  19. Ada Reiter

    This is not a Republican nor a democritic issue. It is a human one. Nor should it be a religious one. As long as no one gets hurt let people live with their decisions. I met with some "civilized" conventional couples who turned out to be criminals and met some gay couples who cared for humanity, adopted orphans,saved animals and contributed to the arts. I wish people would let other peple alone.

    January 21, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  20. brian

    The fact of the matter is that there is NO realistic, logical arguement from a legal standpoint against gay marriage or cival union.
    I will sit down and have a civalized debate with anyone regarding gay marriage any time, however the opponents of it quickly turn religious rhetoric, which completely devalidates their argument.

    The constitution states equal rights for all americans, and it also states a seperation of chruch and state. Those things are not debateable. Anyone who seeks to forbid the same benefits to all Americans is simply arguing against the constitution and thus have no buisness living in America.

    January 21, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  21. jeff

    they should find an island somewhere and call it the homosexual island and they would all go live there and watch god sink it like you all heard of soddom and gomarah.it is a choice do good or do evil.be homosexual or not be homosexual.it is a choice.it is freedom of choice to follow jesus teachings or not to follow his teachings some people want to go to hell

    January 21, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    to: Jeff @ 12:41 – So, from what you're saying, I'm assuming you wouldn't allow a man and a woman to marry: 1. if one was sterile; 2. too old to have children; 3. too fragile physically to carry a child to term; 4. couldn't have children because of a developmental disability; 5. chose not to have children for reasons which are between them and ....them, etc.? Try to get it into your pointy little head that not EVERY man and woman who marry do so to have children... And quite a few couple whom you would deem 'suitable' to marry and have children are abusive and/or neglectful.

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

    Get the government out of the marriage business. Americans should be have a civil marriage (in a courthouse) and if they choose, a religious ceremony. This way then churches can discriminate as they please – but they should also lose their tax free status because religion is a business.

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

    Gay marriage isn't an equality issue. Any homosexual is welcome to marry someone of the opposite gender, and no heterosexual is legally permitted to marry someone of the same gender.

    So, would someone please explain to me why idiots keep pushing this as an equality issue.

    January 21, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  25. BigDog

    What is it these people do not get. This was put on the balliot and voted on by the people. It was shot down by the people. No court, No Politican can change it-period! I am tired of hereing about this when we have world disasters, wars going on, commie presidents, anti-American congress and these people are crying over BS! Geez, Grow-up and get a life. You can have a contract drawn up to say and so anything you want. Do it and get out of my sight!

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