McCains (But Not John) Campaign for Gay Marriage

Jan 21, 2010 4:43pm

ABC News’ Devin Dwyer reports: The wife and daughter of prominent Republican Sen. John McCain have publicly joined the fight for gay marriage in California, appearing in a provocative photo campaign to support a repeal of Proposition 8 which banned the unions in 2008. The appearance by Cindy and Meghan McCain on the Web site of gay rights group “NOH8″ – wearing silver duct tape across their mouths and "NOH8" written on one cheek – puts the women in stark opposition to the views of their party and at odds with the Senator himself.   

“We were shocked,” photographer Adam Bouska told The Advocate of Mrs. McCain’s offer to participate in the shoot. “We were in the studio from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. together, so it was really clear she understood [the issue].” When asked if the McCain women hinted whether John McCain might be changing his opposition to same-sex marriage, Bouska told the magazine, “Um, I got that impression. I don’t know that I should speak much about it, but I definitely got that impression.” Mr. McCain certainly did not signal any change in his views today when ABC News asked him about his wife and daughter’s participation in “NOH8.” “My wife and my family and I have our differences and we respect each others’ views and we have spirited conversations,” he said outside the Capitol. “I obviously have always been opposed to gay marriage. I support proposition 8.”    McCain also supported a 2008 Arizona ballot measure that later became law, defining marriage as between one man and one woman in his home state. Cindy and Meghan McCain join fellow Republican and former Vice President Dick Cheney in diverging with their party’s views. In June 2009, Cheney, who has a gay daughter, said of same-sex marriages, “I don’t have any problem with that. People ought to get a shot at that.” The McCains’ high-profile endorsement also exceeds President Obama’s stated support for gay unions. During the 2008 campaign, then-candidate Obama said “I believe marriage is between a man and a woman… I’m not somebody who promotes same-sex marriage but I do believe in civil unions.” 

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