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. JWK

    Good for her. I'm a Republican and a Christian and, in all honesty, I can't see how giving homosexuals the right to be married harms heterosexual marriage. I understand why some Churches are opposed to it, including my own. However, from a policy and equality standpoint homosexuals should be allowed to be together legally. I can't in good conscience opposed it.

    January 21, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  2. Greg in Cabot, AR

    DISGUSTING POLITICIANS, trying to have it both ways. Voters are not that stupid to think you can be on both sides of an issue when you are up for reelection.

    Pit-ti-full, just wish I lived in AZ so I could vote against McCain.

    January 21, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  3. Laurie

    Good for Cindy McCain! She has lived under the iron fist of that old codger for many years. Thank God she has been able to maintain her individuality. i respect her for standing up for something she believes in. I sure Grandpa won't like, but kudos to you Cindy!

    January 21, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  4. Chris

    hmmm...Cindy McCain and same-sex. Nice!

    January 21, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  5. Timus

    I'm amused by the absence of comments to this story....LMAO!!

    January 21, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  6. Pat

    Agreed. True conservatism is about limited government and individual liberty. I believe government has no place in defining marriage. That being said this is also and issue of states' rights. It is the responsibility of CA to overturn Prop 8.

    January 21, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  7. Steve

    Good for her!

    So often, it seems the women "behind" the elected men are smarter and more progressive than the men they've helped achieve electoral success.

    January 21, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  8. W from FLA

    My opinion of Cindy McCain just went up a few notches. Of course, my low opinion of her husband remains the same. Just another political puppet for special interests who does whatever it takes to stay in office, regardless of the will of the people or his own moral conscience. Through the bum out of office, Arizona.

    January 21, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  9. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    Good for her! Time to end discrimination against gay men and women. Hopefully her hubby will cover his mouth with duct tape too to preserve what little remains of his legacy.

    January 21, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  10. Meka

    Cindy's learning from her daughter, Megan . . . why can't John McCain get the Clue?

    January 21, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  11. bRiTt

    i think this is a little weird... but good for them for standing up for what they believe. its a relief to finally see someone with beliefs instead of party sides. i wish more people could do this.

    January 21, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  12. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    This should shake things up. Good for them! What a very creative, eye opening, positive statement to make.

    This campaign will really incur the wrath of the Christian fundamentalists to no end. If they read their Bibles, they would discover that Jesus did not discriminate against any one, rather included everyone!

    Maybe the GOP will change and start supporting same sex marriage as`well, because doing just that would help increase their ranks with more voters, If they don't, what are they afraid of??

    January 21, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  13. doofus

    it's about time. there's no good reason why same-sex couples should not be allowed to get married. seriously. like i was saw on an episode of Carlos Mencia (i know, bad references): "I see no reason why they shouldn't be allowed to make the same mistakes as heterosexual couples, and have the same legal ramifications as hetero couples."


    January 21, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  14. Floyd B

    Talk about Republican family values. Now we know who really wears the pants in this household.
    Where was this rogue spirit when Jonn picked Sarah Palin? If Cindy had spoken out then, and stopped his "The bridge to nowhere" VP selection, maybe Cindy would be in the white house now.

    January 21, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  15. T.C.

    This person is so wrong and others like her will be sorry at the end of time when they have to answer to the all mighty how they supported something that is so wrong. God forgiven for they not know.

    January 21, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  16. jda

    Good for her. It is nice to see some stand up for their beliefs regardless of party lines. It is good to see the Senator respectful of those views but sad that he cannot support his wife and Daughter more than simple respect.

    January 21, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  17. Bill

    Educated, sophisticated people generally support equal rights. This is no surprise at all. And I would guess the senator privately supports equality, but in Republican politics these days, candidates must too often pretend to be hicks.

    In 10 or so years this will be a non issue. And we will wonder what all the fuss was about.

    January 21, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  18. Matix

    Wow! Go Cindy McCain!

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

    Cindy why didn't you run for president rather than what you married? Jim Hall Kansas City, Missouri

    January 21, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  20. Chanel

    Good for her!! I would like to see more Republicans come out in favor of it!!

    January 21, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  21. Gary

    The tape was probably put there by her husband. She still got her message out. To bad theres not enought tape for the senil ooops senators mouth

    January 21, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  22. Duck Fallas

    First the Taliban bans cutting off ears and lips- and now this???

    January 21, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  23. Fan of Common Sense

    You know, between the the Kennedy senate seat going republican and now this, I'm really starting to wonder if Obama winning the election was such a bad thing after all.

    I support Obama on almost NOTHING......but if I had to choose between Michelle Obama and her cute kids OR this woman and her big-mouth air-head daughter, I would probably prefer the Obamas. Sometimes things do work out for the best, even if it doesn't seem like it at the time. Now we just need to get Obama fired in 2012!!!! 🙂

    January 21, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  24. Texas Granny

    Good for you, Cindy. It's nice to see you're not just another Republican Stepford wife for a change!!!

    January 21, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  25. Wow

    I am surprised that there are no repbulicans all over this. If this was a democrat posing, I'm sure the comments would be well in the hundreds by now.

    January 21, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
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