Cindy McCain is married to the 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain and herself a staunch conservative. But she has long been a supporter of gay rights. Now, she has posed for a striking anti-Prop 8 ad campaign, NOH8. The picture is getting a lot of attention—and should you like to get some attention as well, you can also contribute a photo to the NOH8 site.
Cindy McCain contacted the NOH8 campaign independently and offered to pose for the photo campaign, the group's web site said. Mrs. McCain's photo (to the right) shows her dressed in white, with silver duct tape across her mouth and NOH8 written on one cheek. This is the format of all of the HOH8 photos, intended to symbolize both the silencing of voices and a notion of protest.
Mrs. McCain's decision to pose was clearly influenced by her daughter Meghan, a long-time gay rights advocate, who has also posed for the NOH8 campaign. Her photo also features the duct tape and face-writing, but shows the senator's daughter holding a small elephant (symbol of the Republican party) in her outstretched hands.:
Other famous celebrities who have participated in the NOH8 campaign include Kathy Griffin, star of My Life on the D-List and friend to the gay community:
And handsome hero Brandon Beemer of the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful:
But there's no doubt that the McCains are particularly eye-catching advocates for NOH8. On her Twitter feed, Meghan described her reaction to her mother's photos. "I couldn't be more proud of my mother for posing for the NOH8 campaign," she tweeted. "I think more Republicans need to start taking a stand for equality." And of the shoot itself she wrote: "I was there when she did it and I almost started crying during the photo shoot."
What this means for the peaceful continuation of the McCain marriage is unclear. The Arizona senator's office released a statement stating McCain's respect for the views of members of his family but that he remains opposed to gay marriage. "Sen. McCain believes the sanctity of marriage is only defined as between one man and one woman," the statement said. But his wife is clearly determined to show him just how wrong he is.
Now that you've seen Cindy and Meghan McCains' photos, why not jump into the fray yourself? The NOH8 website offers instructions on how to submit your own photo to their campaign. All you need is a T-shirt, some duct tape, a pen and a commitment. If Cindy McCain can do it, you can too. And feel free to make your photo into your RealJock profile pic!