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. th

    Kudos to both of you.

    January 21, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  2. Jesus Francisco

    Right on Cindy!!

    January 21, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. Dave J

    Kudos to Cindy McCain for not sticking with a party line and supporting an issue she believes in. Reminds me of the Old John McCain who ran against G. W. Bush

    January 21, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  4. Yonnie

    Why should Adam Bouska & Jeff Parshley be surprised that Cindy McCain supports gay marriage? Because she is a Republican? This is not a partisan issue. There are people for and against gay marriage on both sides of the aisle. For instance, the overwhelming majority of blacks vote Democrat, yet as a group they are against gay marriage in very large numbers. Same for hispanics, to a lesser extent. The media trys to subvert the truth by saying Republicans are against gay marriage, when in fact there are probably more Democrats opposed. Look how same-sex marriage has gone down in some very liberal states, like NJ and CA. Both of these states have Democrat majorities. What has hurt gay marriage is the behavior of those that are trying to force it on an unwilling public with violent, disrespectful behavior. Notice the pro- gay marriage mobsonly had the spine to go to white churches, whilst whites support gay marriage more than any other race. These cowardly, violent demonstrators won't go to the black and hispanic churches because they are afraid they will get themselves beat up or worse by these groups. It will never pass with the tactics they employ because they alieniate people with their disrespect – the very people they need!

    January 21, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. just me

    Thank you, Cindy and Meghan! You are the future of the Republican party...progressive and intelligent!

    January 21, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  6. Walter in San Diego

    All God-fearing Republicans trying to hustle yet another minority group with your distorted religious beliefs take notice! Good for you Cindy! I couldn't have made the point better myself. I wish we'd seen this side to her during John McCain's campaign for president. I just might have voted for him. My respect for this reasonable lady has risen dramatically.

    January 21, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  7. Laurie in Spokane

    Good for Mrs. McCain! She has nerve and guts and stands up for her beliefs. Maybe if more hi-profile people would stand up for gay rights more progess would be made!

    January 21, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  8. Randi

    Such a statement, and what a classy way to make it! Thank you, Mrs. McCain, thank you for being a proud individual!

    January 21, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  9. Darcy

    Very cool, Mrs. McCain.

    January 21, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  10. RufusVonDufus

    She must be one of them! Same sex unions, YES! Same sex marriage, HELL NO, NEVER!

    January 21, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  11. Jerry

    It is about time for everyone including republicans to face the reality that all people really are created equal and that means people they do not agree with. This is about equal rights in America plain and simple. If you or your beliefs are threatened by same sex marriage then you need to re-think the very foundation upon which you stand. We must support families in all their forms because it is the right thing to do!!!

    January 21, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  12. Terry from West Texas

    The McCains are terrible Conservatives.

    Unlike REAL Conservatives, they say what they think, not what the party line is at the moment.

    They are individualistic, not compulsive conformists like real Conservatives.

    Oh My God! They must be Liberal-Socialists! She is obviously a SECRET MUSLIM! Ring the alarm! Summon the Conservobots to protest outside her home! Stop her! She is thinking thoughts that have not been previously approved by America's Conservative leadership!

    January 21, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  13. Sonia

    Good for her. Now if we can just get some duct tape for Sarah.

    January 21, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  14. Lotta Muni

    This isn't the first time the wife of a prominent Republican displayed a surprisingly liberal view. Immediate after the election of the elder George Bush, First Lady Barbara spoke out in favor of a woman's right to choose. However, she almost immediately stopped speaking openly on the issue, possibly from political pressure.

    January 21, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  15. kevin

    Good for her!

    January 21, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  16. Steve

    Good for her! I think its about time that more Republicans (the party of "family values") come to realize that a strong family unit doesn't necessarily mean its headed by a man and a woman. Half of all marriages today will end in divorce. These are the family values that Republicans are striving for? If two men or two women want to get married and start a family I say God bless them and good luck. In any event this is going to happen. Why not hop on the train along with Mrs. McCain instead of being left at the station?

    January 21, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  17. Doz

    Finally... Someone LITERALLY taped her mouth shut.

    January 21, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  18. johnrj08

    No wonder McCain and his wife don't get along. She's a liberal and he's a dinosaur.

    January 21, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  19. USN

    Not Surprizing, John has voted lib way more then conservitve. Allways willing to cross the isle and compromise values where as libs never cross the ilse but demand that others do for the sake of getting things done ( health grab)

    January 21, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  20. R in Maine

    Way to go Cindy!

    January 21, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  21. TexasJack

    Well at least one of the McCain's brains are working.

    January 21, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  22. Enitan

    Its her personal opinion, she became a mother though the old fashion way and married to a natural born male.

    Still believed in the old fashion values and i am not a religious rights Republican nor politically correct Democrat.

    I and all my brothers came into the world the old fashion way as a result of my mother and father reproduction and lived our lives the old fashion way.

    Don't have any issue with Gays and Lesbians, just don't care to have their beliefs or life style showed down my throat.

    January 21, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  23. montag24

    Good for you, Cindy! Here's one liberal who is very proud of you!

    January 21, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  24. Wmscot

    Way to go Lady ! At least one in her family has the guts to stand up for the rights of the individual !

    January 21, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  25. M

    Republicans who are gay or who support gay marriage, while certainly not the mainstream view, is certainly nothing new. The Log Cabin Republicans, who promote LGBTQ rights while still supporting a majority of the Republican Party platform, have been around since the 70s.

    I'm tired of people thinking that one party is either for or against a certain group of people or piece legialstion. Polls show that a large amount of registered Democrats in California, while voting for our President, also voted in favor of Proposition 8.

    All it takes is a few seconds of a Google search to find out how diverse BOTH of the two major parties in the United States are. How well the PR department and shrill talking heads on both sides is what has given the negative labels to both parties.

    January 21, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
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