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. Minnesotan

    Always the politician aren't we John.

    January 21, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  2. John in Tampa

    It is nobody else's business.

    -Heterosexual male aged 58

    January 21, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  3. Oval Beach

    You GO Cindy. Wow...It does not shock me but after Tuesday's setback for the Democratic party, I was absolutely seeing nothing redeeming in the Republican party but now...Thank you Cindy.

    January 21, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  4. Dawn

    Ah, so THAT's where Megan gets the brains! Certainly wasn't her father! It's good to see Republicans standing up for what's right, and not just buying into more fear mongering. I hope this will set an example.

    January 21, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |


    January 21, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  6. JH

    Well, good for her! How this issue ever got into politics to be voted on is beyond me. Everybody has the right to be in a loving married relationship if they wish.

    During the elections, I viewed Ms. McCain as a trophy wife – I am happy to tell her I'm sorry – she has substance and class for doing this.

    January 21, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  7. JerryP

    Good For Cindy McCain! Human Rights for ALL!

    January 21, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  8. Doug,lib jersey

    Yawn, everyone with a clear mind and is honest knows that the Republican party is the party of tolerance and diversity of views. Many Republicans are for gay marriage, and even the most hard core right wing Christian respects that view, just disagrees. I know, this is beyond comprehension of the one minded march lock step Obama-bots.

    January 21, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  9. chris24

    Good for her.

    Finally, a republican that can go against the tide.
    looks like she is the maverick in the family.

    let's end this bigotry for once and for all.
    why shouldn't gays get married, they pay
    taxes like everyone else.

    January 21, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  10. WRONG

    Same sex, sex, and same sex marriage are just plain wrong.

    Why doesn't someone come up with an anti same sex marriage poster showing GOD with duct tape over HIS mouth?

    People are just getting used to this same sex sickness and just like any message repeated enough times, people get used to it.

    Let's face it, it is simply wrong.
    Take a long look at the faces and mannerisms of those "couples" standing in line to get "married" and at rallies – sickos. YEC H.

    January 21, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  11. joe

    big surprise, the powerful woman behind the man is actually the intelligent one. john's a joke.

    January 21, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  12. SigmaDC1914

    I think this is a good look for her and her party! If you are suppose to be the party of small government and "keep the government out my private life", then why not be for gays minding their own business. Seems only right to me!

    January 21, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  13. Sniffit

    Well, that certainly is a suprise. Good on ya Cindy. Of course, now it'll be your fellow GOPers saying things about your brain being addled by all those pills...

    January 21, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  14. hongli

    The Republicans will do everything and anything to win an election.The McCain"s know very well that they are in trouble of loosing Arizona this year and that's the same reason why John McCain has asked Sarah Palin to Campaign with him in March,Oh, that's the same person he declined to say whether he would vote for her if she was running for the White-House in 2012 saying that there were other young and upcoming stars in the GOP also. Let me also say that it will be just a matter of time before Scott Brown gets into extra marital affairs judging from his past posing for porn and also suffering from the" foot and mouth and mouth disease".

    January 21, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  15. Elizabeth

    I now publicly apologize for every negative thing I have ever said about Cindy McCain. If more of us who are heterosexual would speak up and speak out as she has done it could make a tremendous difference to gay, lesbian and transgender citizens. Well done Cindy!

    January 21, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  16. SJB

    Does ANYBODY really follow what this woman is doing? Wow! americans are really B O R E D !!!

    January 21, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  17. indyreader

    Good for Cindy McCain!

    No one has ever coherently explained how same-sex marriages take anything away from existing marriage. If you want to protect your straight marriage, that's to be done on a marriage-by-marriage basis, from within. The only thing you lose if same-sex marriages are recognized is EXCLUSIVITY – and exclusivity is not a civil right.

    January 21, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  18. joseph rico

    Another republican hoax, just look at the title 'redefining republicans', how many times have 'ALL REPUBLICANS' redefined themselves and still they remained the same. The same, moles who infiltrate and subvert movements they fundamentally, unwaveringly, and passionately disagree with. To this organization for same sex rights, I advise that they remember the story of The Trojan Horse, get in and destroy from within. Republicans don't radically change but they appear to do so when is convenient to gain, BEWARE!

    January 21, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  19. Peggy Austin Tx

    Good for her –Maybe she is the one that should have run for national office and not her husband

    January 21, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  20. cfrench

    It's heartening to see someone in that family with a little tolerance.

    January 21, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  21. jennifer

    Way to go Mrs. McCain! Christians want to legalize discrimination as a basis of their religion to not allow all men created in the image of their god to have the same rights. Nice to see somebody standing up to say their definition of being a Christian is to love all people and not to hate so much that you want to legalize discrimination

    January 21, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  22. jeff ,alabama

    All I can figure is that she has fallen victim to
    thinking the media is the higher power in
    America now and she really wants to be on
    the T.V. program "The View" again.
    Emotionally strong men have strong wives.
    Emotionally weak men have weak wives.
    Now we know why McCain can never stick
    to an opinion for long.

    January 21, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  23. Frozone

    Even a stopped clock tells the correct time twice a day. It's too bad Cindy's husband is so beholden to the extreme GOP hate machine to make the rest of the McCain's opinions on gay marriage inconsequential.

    January 21, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  24. Tayo, NY

    Well, that is the power of Democracy!
    Even, two intimate family members can disagree on issues and make it known to the whole nation without facing unnecessary repercusion.

    I love this Country!!

    God bless America!!!.

    January 21, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  25. JCA

    While otherwise conservative, I'm with Cindy and Meghan on this one.

    January 21, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
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