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Cindy McCain Supports Gay Marriage

From The Guardian:

John McCain’s staunch opposition to gay marriage was one of the key parts of his presidential campaign. But it has become clear this was not supported in his own household. His daughter, Meghan, is a vocal advocate of gay rights. Now his wife, Cindy, has appeared in a poster campaign against California’s proposition 8 – a law banning same-sex marriage.


Cindy McCain appears in the poster with silver duct tape across her mouth and the campaign slogan, “NOH8”, marked on her cheek.


“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.”

John McCain’s office said in a statement that he respected the views of his family but remained opposed to gay marriage. “Senator McCain believes the sanctity of marriage is only defined as between one man and one woman,” it said. In 2008 McCain backed a measure in his home state of Arizona to ban same-sex marriage.

Meghan McCain also appears in the poster campaign. “I couldn’t be more proud of my mother for posing for the NOH8 campaign,” she wrote on Twitter. “I think more Republicans need to start taking a stand for equality.

“I was there when she did it and I almost started crying during the photo shoot.”

Totally uncalled for cheap shot:

Pam Spaulding, who blogs on gay issues, was reminded of an infamous and foul-mouthed bust up between John and Cindy during a campaign in 1992. “Given the Senator’s hot temper, and the fact that he called his wife a trollop and ‘you c*nt’ … this was a nice ‘screw you’ for picking that dimwit Palin and derailing the campaign,” Spaulding wrote.

Kudos, props and thumbs up for Cindy and Meghan McCain. Shame on John McCain and Pam Spaulding.

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117 Responses

  1. a great photo

    • I think the cheek “NOH8” is making fun of Tim Tebow.

      Tim is the christian quarterback for Florida who always has bible verses written on his cheek during a football game. He will be doing an ad for the Super Bowl for Focus on the Family.

  2. I remember Meghan speaking out before that. Women seem to lead the way – even in the darkness of the GOP.
    OT: get ready for the attack on Social Security

    • If o manages social security reform as he has hcr, the republic is probably a cooked goose, skinned cat and lamed duck.

      • Wasn’t SS reform on W’s agenda also?
        BO is such a Bush III.

        • Yup. he thought he had a shot with his man date

        • Remember when they said “only Nixon could go to China?”

          The CW at the time was that only someone with unimpeachable anti-communist credentials could establish diplomatic relations with Mao’s communist government.

          Well it looks like Wall Street figured out that only a Democrat could “privatize” Social Security. They REALLY want to get their hands on all that dough.

  3. I have always liked Cindy McCain, and hate that she got demonized by the left so often. She is a strong, smart, thoughtful woman, who has done amazing humanitarian work.

    Kudos to Cindy for taking a stand.

  4. The story about McCain calling his wife names didn’t appear in 1992. It showed up in 2008 in a book by Cliff Schecter who wrote:

    Three reporters from Arizona, on the condition of anonymity, also let me in on another incident involving McCain’s intemperateness. In his 1992 Senate bid, McCain was joined on the campaign trail by his wife, Cindy, as well as campaign aide Doug Cole and consultant Wes Gullett. At one point, Cindy playfully twirled McCain’s hair and said, “You’re getting a little thin up there.” McCain’s face reddened, and he responded, “At least I don’t plaster on the makeup like a trollop, you cunt.” McCain’s excuse was that it had been a long day. If elected president of the United States, McCain would have many long days.

    The book was a hit piece on McCain. Dontcha love anonymous sources?

    • BTW – the money in the McCain family is hers, she’s the heiress to a major beer distributorship.

      She’s his sugar-mama and he’s her boy toy.

  5. It seems like most of the articles on American politics in the Guardian quote obscure bloggers. I know who Pam is, but I sure wouldn’t consist her an A-lister. It’s kind of weird.

    • IIRC her blog is Pam’s House Blend.

    • I agree – Pam is not an A lister. TC has a half dozen people who are closer to (or on) the A list than Pam.

      Also, she pissed me off during the primary and I stopped reading her period. I have actually met her a couple of times and I generally prefer people who have a sense of humor and don’t take themselves too seriously. I like passion but not people with an angry elbows out response to every issue while asserting that they have the only valid view on GLBT issues. I have been out and fighting that cause since before she was born .

  6. I think it’s awesome. And a clear sign that the GOP is openly courting LGBT voters.

    (So basically Cindy is to the left of MO on gay marriage now?)

  7. Very cool – so she is not the blonde-airhead-rich-bitch she was portraited to be???

    • She has more executive experience than Obama, actually.

      • daaarling – anybody has more experience than him!!!

        • 😉

        • I know! It’s such A low bar!

          Aside from being rich and being on the boards of lots of companies, Cindy McCain is a real do-gooder. She used to be a special-ed teacher. Then sometime in the 80s she founded a non-profit that brings medical teams to war-torn areas. I think from her life you can tell that she’s really into helping others. Bleeding heart conservative. 🙂

          • She also did a lot of work on landmine removal and banning. She’s always done that stuff quietly, selflessly, and totally under the radar.

            I have great admiration for her.

          • Yesterday, CNN was touting the Obamas for giving $15,000 for Haiti. I wondered why they didn’t just do it quietly without announcing it on CNN. It seems like they could afford more than that anyway.

          • $15,000 that is pathetic!

  8. Why is it that the wives of most candidates seem alot smarter than the blokes running for office. We would be better off if the wives ran.

    • Ha ha

      helen I said something similar along that vein on another site.

      I totally could see myself voting for a Republican woman because even though I don’t agree with them on everything they really seem to at least attempt to bring compassion into the equation.


    Spammy seems to be extra clingy today. He’s grabbing lots of comments.

    If he grabs one of yours please don’t take it personally and be patient while we pry your comment out of his clammy fingers.

  10. Big Kudos to Cindy and Meghan! That photo is very evocative, especially in light of the primary, the current bashing/blaming of Coakley, and the basic screwing of women taking place in the so-called HC reform bill.

    OT (and I mention knowing how deeply many here, including myself, were turned off by her turn around): Taylor Marsh out with a post called “The Obama Brand Implodes.” And Lynne Forester de Rothschild also with a stinging analysis of MA that was noted on NQ, though I don’t know the original source.

  11. Mac is pointing the way for the GOP’s future. If only vicariously, through his wife and daughter. Once he is no longer running for anything, he will come out in favor of gay marriage as well, ala Dick Cheney. (If he is still alive, that is.)

    There are now grumbles that Mac chose Scotty boy for MA. Just like he picked Palin for VP. They will be his legacy. The up and coming faces of the Republican party.

    I don’t know where the McCain’s get all this clout, and I know they irk the fanatics on the Right to no end…. but, fact is, we could do worse in this country.

    Go Cindy! Go Meghan! Go Mac!

  12. it’s really hard to take on the radical christian right in that party, they’re a bunch of whacko zealots, they’ll go after any one that doesn’t tow the line, and when I say go after, I mean go after, they’re as bad as the Taliban.

  13. Toilet Paper Media:

    Speaker Pelosi just said “I don’t see the votes for [passing the Senate bill] at this time.”

    In other words, plug pulled. Health care reform over.

    Let’s hope so. Kill the bill and start over.

  14. I caught the end of a news comment on the way back to my office today – did I hear Pelosi say they were going to table the HCR bill????????

  15. oops apparently we were writing simultaneously, Myiq

  16. yes, she also said there was “no rush” on getting it pushed thru. LOLOLOLOLOL!!!

  17. “John McCain’s office said in a statement that he respected the views of his family but remained opposed to gay marriage. ‘Senator McCain believes the sanctity of marriage is only defined as between one man and one woman,’ it said.”

    Only between one man and one woman? Oh, really? According to Wikipedia:

    “In April 1979, McCain met Cindy Lou Hensley, a teacher from Phoenix, Arizona, whose father had founded a large beer distributorship. They began dating, and he urged his wife Carol to grant him a divorce, which she did in February 1980, with the uncontested divorce taking effect in April 1980.”

    At the least, he should say “one man and one woman at a time. And you can still date.”

    • I remember seeing stories over the years that Cindy does not live with John – she is shy and does not like the political circus. She stays in the west and he lives in D.C. Cindy has often referred to herself as a single mom.

      And recently I have seen a couple of articles stating that she is dating someone – apparently openly. Perhaps there is a divorce in her future. I just hope she finds peace in her life. She deserves it – being married to John and all that involves.

      • If Cindy Mac wanted a divorce she would get one. Most of their money is hers – by inheritance. That means it’s not community property. If she divorced him he wouldn’t get any of it.

        Maybe she just doesn’t like Washington DC. Can you blame her?

        • I believe not liking DC just makes her a sane person.

        • She does not like DC.
          Apparently she was treated like an outsider by the Village when she married John.
          (The first wife Carol was a popular and sympathetic figure who had gone through a lot for John and basically gotten dumped. But then 5 years apart with the one partner a prisoner of war and the other recovering from a massive car accident — it’s hard to know how many marriages can survive that.)

          • Everything I’ve heard says J-mac and his 1st wife are on good terms with each other.

          • Yes, they are, but splits like that cause tensions in the social group, and as is typical, a lot of the flack gets pointed at the “other woman”.

    • First whatever is between Cindy and John and John’s first wife is their business. So who cares. But then again, the same is true between same sex couples. I don’t agree with bashing opponents like this though. It’s not a winning strategy. And it’s just not cricket.

    • OMG he got a DIVORCE? Clearly that makes him ineligible for anything! *GASP*

      Being scandalized by a pol’s personal life doesn’t do anyone any good, even when they’re being hypocritical. In this case, I’d say it’s a big fat who the hell cares?

    • Why dredge up something from 3 decades ago about the private lives of people who have all moved on? It doesn’t help build support for anything.

  18. Oh come on guys I lurk here but I had to comment on the Christian issue. You cant possibly believe American Christians=Taliban??

  19. Thank the lord I can say Pam Spaulding is a dumbass who I never bothered to read. I heard her speak once and that was enough. How cool is it to hear Republicans recently talk positively about gay/lesbian rights. Margaret Hoover (Fox contributor), McCains womenfolk, Florida Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen all speaking out. Women leading the way. And Pam Spaulding is mad about what?

  20. About those Christian whackos. Would they be the same ones that Barrry keeps sucking up to. You know, like Donnie McClirkin, all the churches he kicked off his campaign in throughout the south, the leaders of the anti-gay marriage Props, Rick Warren. Sure seems he’d love to bring them into his fold of sheeple. I’ve yet to hear him speak out against their tactics, evil words or actions. By not speaking out, it seems he approves as long as they love HIM and Jesus too.

  21. Gay is becoming more mainstream …Jodie Foster & Kelly McGillis are out (although not dating each other), the German Secretary of State is visiting Saudi Arabia with his partner, mainstream US TV show Grey’s Anatomy’s has a lesbian couple now, Caholic Spain has gay marriage…check the calendar, it is 2010….and the trend will not be reversed! Cindy is just another step in the right direction! Big thank you to Arizona!

  22. B-b-b-b-but! All during 2008 I was told that the Obamas were THE pro-gay candidates that would best represent me! He was way better than Hillary!

    Not to mention Obama was naturally LIGHT YEARS better than “McSame” and “Caribou Barbie” — those mouthbreathing, fire-stoking evil warmonger McBushitler Republicans! How could I have not only voted for Hillary, but then go and vote McCain AND Palin?!

    … Yeah. Thanks, Cindy, for re-affirming I made the right switch to a proud Independent. Yay PUMA!

    • Over at AfterElton they’re Starting to notice that Obama isn’t an ally. Not many are saying much about Hillary yet, and some of them are still spreading the old DADT and DOMA = evil Clinton memes. I wish some members of the Queer community would hurry up and catch up to where the rest of us have been for two years now.

      Hillary: Marching in Pride Parades.
      Obama: Afraid to talk to the Gay Press, won’t be seen with Gavin Newsom, sucking up to the homophobes.

      • ” I wish some members of the Queer community would hurry up and catch up to where the rest of us have been…”

        Some of us (particularly older queers) have always known exactly where Hilary is on this issue. I first met Hillary in 1976 at a conference. I was introduced to Hillary by my partner as “her partner”. Hillary immediately broke out a giant smile and gave me a hug. It was the dark ages for the movement but she could not have been more affirming and she was obviously beyond comfortable with who we were.

        My partner originally met Hillary through Bill as they have known each other since high school and he had suggested that Hillary put her on some women in the law commission .

        It isn’t just that they march in gay pride events – we are in their hearts. We always have been.

        • I’m not exactly older (turning 30), but I was always a Hill girl, too. I just got so impatient with people in my (our) community talking up Obama’s LGBT ally cred, when it was so clear that he had none. Meanwhile, it was totally clear that Hillary was a steadfast ally and political pragmatist.

          I’m jealous of that hug, btw. I worked a Hillary rally, but I was so busy doing the work I barely got to hear her speak, let alone meet her. I don’t regret working my butt off for her, but I really wish I had gotten a chance to shake her hand.

  23. A couple of years ago i told RD I was going to research the Republicans just to see if they differed from Dems. I figured Cindy McCain was perhaps pro-choice, so this doesn’t surprise me at all to see her do this. I think the McC’s were pretty much in the middle on most things so that branch of their party isn’t that different from Dems?

    Good for her, for this.

  24. For those who have not seen it – great job by the writers of Grey’s Anatomy to tackle the subject gay/religion and military! Love that episode – can’t believe it is on mainstream US TV!

  25. the link youtube.com/watch?v=HBx1DhmS5wA

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