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. devon--oklahoma

    Good for her! Her daughter must be having some kind of influence!

    January 21, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  2. jim smith

    McCain shows quite a bit of courage. She is a real hero.

    The photo is horribly overexposed. Boo on the photographer.

    January 21, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  3. John

    It makes me laugh anytime I see Senator McCain pontificate on moral issues, let alone legal ones.

    With a behavioral history as unflattering and as unbecoming as Bill Clinton's, he really has some cajones to wax poetic on this topic.

    Obviously for McCain, marriage may mean "one man, one woman" in a legal contract, but that's never stopped him from "one woman" at a time, before or after his marriages.

    Ronald Reagan's laughing harder than I am.

    January 21, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  4. Ron

    Just another reason why McCain lost as badly as he did. He was not "left enough" for the left or "right enough" for the right.

    January 21, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  5. Annie, Atlanta

    Good for her – and she looks wonderful. Basic human rights should have no political boundaries.

    January 21, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  6. Haven

    I may not agree with Cindy or Meghan McCain on all issues, but I think that what both of them have and are doing to advance the case for Love over Hate in this country is wonderful. Kudos to them both for standing up for basic human rights and standing on the side of love.

    January 21, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. TimInNC

    I've said it before a hundred time...under the equal protection clause you cannot deniy benefits to part of your population simply because of who they are. So long as the State and Federal governments provide benefits and rights to married couples they cannot deny couples getting married, even if they happen to be of the same sex. Saying that they, as individuals, can still marry someone of the opposite sex and receive the benefits is an intellectually dishonest argument as taht would still prevent a portion of the population from being able to marry someone they love.

    January 21, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  8. Scott Phillips, Queen Creek, AZ

    Weak political stunt by an ignorant pig who fails to see the rights of ALL human beings.

    January 21, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  9. Carl

    You got to hand it to the McCain women...whether it be wife...Cindy...or daughter...Meghan...they THINK for themselves! Wish we had heard a little more from both of them during the 2008 campaign.

    January 21, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  10. Elizabeth

    The Christian Bible says "homosexuality" or "gayness" is an ABOMINATION (disgusting) so we can all draw our own conclusions and priorities. This disgusting practice is as old as time.

    January 21, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  11. beth

    Yeah, Cindy....now you're going to have to shut up Mrs. Palin when she starts yipping about her wonderful Christian values....you know like lying about having babies and stuff.

    January 21, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  12. Tommy Gunn

    Good For Her.....

    A different thought not related.....I always liked her and often wonder why she doesn't have more photo ops with her husband....

    January 21, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  13. anotherGDlefty

    Cindy came to realize that gay folks also enjoy Bud products.

    It is an economic move for her since the illegal alien drinking population has been falling steadily here in AZ since construction took a dive and affected Hensley Corp in the bank book.

    January 21, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  14. Terri

    It's interesting how heterosexual people are being told how they think or what their mindset is. H8 = hate. I don't hate anyone, but I will always know the difference between right and being manipulated to accept homsexual behavior. Homosexual paople will never be ' Gay '
    with a capital G. They are not a race, and yet expect people to see them as such. Remember during the 70's and 80's when homsexual people would howl, "We only want to be left alone, stop making fun of us! ' So people said "O. K."
    And as as fast as you can say 'fruitcake' we were taken to the next level; bombarded by homosexual movies, television and other demands which certainly did not equate with 'leave us alone' but rather, 'We are taking over'. That's what happens when we don't stand up for truth. Homosexuality is against the laws of every state in the U.S. and still no one will prosecute! Time for a change?

    January 21, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  15. Reagan raised taxes

    Cindy please use some on John when he constantly defends his pick of wailen Palin,the poor little girl hanging on her cross.

    January 21, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  16. CTexas

    Good for her. She is allowed to think for herself. No need to suck up to the religious right any more.

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

    I have to say I'm impressed. I know that she has shown support behind the scenes but was locked behind the republican machine during the general election. Her daughter has long been a gay rights supporter as well, and I think everyone knows that John dosn't support gay marraige purely for political purposes. He's no homophobe, but it's still frustrating. Interesting.

    January 21, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  18. Brian

    I think many of the older politicians would be surprised how many young voters identify socially liberal and economically conservative. Hopefully this is a sign of a shift to where we could actually feel like we're not horribly compromising on one or the other front every time we vote.

    January 21, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  19. Jan

    Since the beginning of time, marriage across our planet has always been defined as being between a man and a woman - not a man and a man and/or a woman and a woman. Additionally, God, Himself, has declared in His Holy Word (the Bible) that He considers it an abomination before His eyes for a man to "lie" with another man and/or a woman to "lie" with another woman - (Webster's Dictionary – abomination - disgusting, detestable, loathsome). That having been said, one has to decide "To Whom will I serve - God, or man?" God makes it clear throughout the Bible of His unfailing love for ALL of His children, and His willingness to forgive anyone willing to confess their sins (whatever they may be) before Him. At the same time, He also says He will not be mocked, and I feel to elevate a relationship to the status of marriage that God, Himself, has said is an abomination, simply can't "fly" if you profess to want to be under the Lordship of God. It's one thing to give intellectual assent to saying you believe in a God Who holds His children accountable for their actions, but it's quite another to actually be willing to try to live your life in a way that is pleasing and honorable to Him - that is to say, being under God's Lordship. Anyone can give intellectual assent to the Diety of God; however, walking the talk is a whole different ballgame. As a Christian, my plumbline necessarily is God's Word, the Bible. I have to ask the question of those wanting to enter into a union that God considers an abomination "How do you 'square' this lifestyle with God's Word?" God makes it quite clear that he hates the sin, but loves the sinner. I am disappointed and deeply dismayed that Cindy McCain apparently doesn't have a problem with the pro-gay marriage position she has taken. I have to ask myself how she reconciles her position with what the God of this universe has to say about it. . . .

    January 21, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  20. Sam

    I feel so much happiness. People often comment that Rep wives are supposed to be silent and in the background. I am happy to see she has her own voice. It just makes me respect her as much as I do her daughter

    January 21, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  21. Ron in California

    Actually it says alot about Senator McCain. You know he knew she was going to do this and being the kind of man he is he was Ok with it. He is known to be a maverick

    January 21, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  22. androloma

    I'm all in favor of duct tape over mouths if it will silence the complaints of chronic complainers!

    January 21, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  23. John

    I'm just as surprised as you are!

    January 21, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  24. DanfromKentucky

    Good for Cindy McCain. I'm betting her husband really feels the same way, but he's a chicken-butt Senator who is facing a possible challenge from the Right and the Right's holy grail is to oppose gay marriage because it makes an excellent wedge issue on which they can run. The Repubs and Dems are one and the same in this state because they know these nuts jobs will beat them to death to guns God and gays come election day and that works in this woefully uneducated state.

    January 21, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  25. special kay

    CONGRATS Cindy McCain!!! Hopefully, more individuals regardless of party affiliation will voice their support for "No H8".

    January 21, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
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