Cindy McCain, wife of Senator John McCain, has surprised many by posing for photographer Adam Bouska’s NOH8 campaign to show her support for marriage equality. Her daughter Meghan McCain already posed for a NOH8 ad last year and has become a poster-child for what has been dubbed by some as the “progressive Republican” cause.
The NOH8 campaign was established by photographer Adam Bouska and his partner Jeff Parshely as a response to California’s Proposition 8, the constitutional ban on same-sex marriage that passed in November, 2008. The team at NOH8 say that they never dreamed that Cindy McCain would approach them for a photoshoot. From the NOH8 blog:
“In the year since we’ve started the NOH8 Campaign, we’ve been surprised at some of the different individuals who have approached us showing their support. Few, though, have surprised us more than Cindy McCain — the wife of Senator John McCain and mother to vocal marriage equality advocate Meghan McCain. 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… 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.“
Cindy McCain’s posing for the NOH8 campaign – under the banner of “Redefining Republican” – comes at a time when the court case surrounding the constitutionality of Proposition 8 is nearing the end of its second week. Theodore Olson, who his arguing that Proposition 8 is unconstiutional, recently wrote a piece for Newsweek called “The Conservative Case for Gay Marriage” in which he outlined why he thought fellow conservatives should likewise support marriage equality.
As to Cindy McCain’s appearance in a NOH8 ad, it’s always great to see another high profiled advocate emerge even if her political influence is only marginal. Still, perhaps her support for marriage equality, along with other high-profiled conservatives like Ted Olson, gives those Republicans who similarly support marriage equality a chance to also be seen and maybe even the impetus to stand up and voice their views.
Following the photo’s release the question on everyone’s lips was, will John McCain follow his daughter and his wife’s example and voice his support for same-sex marriage?
Well, within hours of the photo’s release, John McCain, who is up for re-election this year, was quick to reaffirm his position against same-sex marriage, with a spokesperson for the Senator saying:
“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.”
So that would be a firm “no” then, right? Adam Bouska, who photographed Cindy McCain, wasn’t too sure about that when he was asked in an interview with the Advocate:
Did they give you any indication whether John McCain is moving in the direction of supporting marriage equality?
Um, I got that impression. I don’t know that I should speak much about it, but I definitely got that impression.
Still, I won’t hold my breath for Senator McCain taping his own mouth shut for one of these photos.
Find out more about the NOH8 campaign here.
As always, the Courage Campaign is running a live blog on the Prop. 8 trial so that you can keep up with events in the court room as they happen. You can follow it by clicking here.
The American Foundation for Equal Rights is now making available full transcripts of the trial events. You can find those here.
You can also follow the case on Twitter via the Twitter Feed of the American Foundation for Equal Rights.
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