Wife of Republican nominee John McCain, Cindy McCain, has taken a stance in support of gay marriage alongside her daughter, Meghan.
The photo, which is part of the NOH8 campaign, by Adam Bouska features Mrs. McCain clad in white with duct tape over her mouth. On her cheek, she has the words “NOH8.” The duck tape over her mouth represents that voices that are not being heard on the subject of marriage equality.
The NOH8 campaign was started after the California constitution was passed in 2008 banning same-sex marriage. Bouska has photographed over 1,000 participants since the campaign has started. Some of the participants have included: Mike Manning, Josh Colon and Andrew Woods from Real World: DC, Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz, the Kardashians, Kristin Cavalier, Kathy Griffin, Maggie Griffin and Stephanie Pratt… to name a few.
The NOH8 campaign wrote on their blog: “In the year since we’ve started the NOH8 Campaign, 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 – 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. 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. We have a huge amount of respect for both of these women for being brave enough to make it known they support equal marriage rights for all Americans.”
As for John McCain, well… while respecting the views of his family, he is still opposed to gay marriage. John McCain’s office in a statement said: “Sen. McCain believes the sanctity of marriage is only defined as between one man and one woman.”
As for Meghan McCain, she wrote on Twitter: “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.”
Republicans, please take note.
Meghan McCain will be featured as the keynote speaker at George Washington University’s National Equality week, which is next month.
Let’s all stand up for EQUALITY. No one should be denied love because of their sexuality.
If you are interested in having your own NOH8 photograph done, please contact [email protected]
Or you can take your own photo. All you need is a piece of duct tape, a white wall, a white V-neck t-shirt, red& black face paint and a camera. Be sure to send those photos to: [email protected]
There are other ways you can help: join a Facebook group, stage a protest in your community, educate your friends, city or town about NOH8 or even write a letter to an elected official. Whatever you do, remember: EQUALITY FOR ALL!!!