Cindy McCain joins campaign for gay marriage

Wed. January 20, 2010 12:00 AM by Brett Anthony

cindy mccain supports noh8 campaign in new ad

photo credit // adam bouska/noh8
Sen. John McCain's wife Cindy McCain has lent her support, and image, to the NoH8 Campaign, a pro-marriage equality group.

Cindy McCain posed for photographer Adam Bouska with a symbolic piece of duct tape over her mouth, an image familiar with the NoH8 Campaign.

The NOH8 Web site ( says McCain approached the campaign.

"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," the Web site says. "Aligning yourself with the platform of gay marriage as a Republican still tends to be very stigmatic, but 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."

The McCain's daughter Meghan has been a vocal advocate for gay marriage and was previously photographed for the campaign.

Mother and daughter join other prominent Republicans, including Dick Cheney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and David Brooks who have come out in support for gay marriage.

Cindy and Meghan's support from marriage equality put them at odds with the Arizona Senator. John McCain (R-AZ) quickly released an official statement from his Senate office reiterating his anti-marriage equality position.

The statement reads, "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. Senator McCain believes the sanctity of marriage is only defined as between one man and one woman."

McCain recently announced that his former running mate in the 2008 presidential election, Sarah Palin, will campaign for him in Arizona for the Senate seat. Palin has also been an opponent of gay marriage.