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January-22-10

McCain Women Ruffle Feathers with Support of No on 8 Campaign

Cindy McCain, the wife of 2008 presidential candidate John McCain, announced her endorsement of the No on 8 Campaign this week with a provocative ad on the group’s website. The ad depicts McCain with a piece of duct tape over her mouth and NoH8 written on her cheek. The McCains’ daughter, Meghan, has previously spoken out for marriage equality.

Adam Bouska, founder of NoH8, wrote on the organization’s website, “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. Although we had worked with Meghan McCain before and were aware of her own position, we'd never really thought the cause might be something her mother would get behind…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. It's about human rights, and everybody being treated equally in the eyes of the law that runs and protects this country.”

According to the Human Rights Campaign, Senator McCain’s office released the following statement: “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.”

Media Resources: Human Rights Campaign 1/21/10; NoH8 Campaign 1/20/10