Cindy McCain supports gay marraige

Jenny - posted on 01/24/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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This surprised the hell out of me! http://news.yahoo.com/s/ynews/ynews_ts10...



Cindy McCain comes out for gay marriage, poses for anti-Prop 8 ad



Throughout his career, Sen. John McCain has been a staunch opponent of same-sex marriage. He opposed it during his 2008 presidential campaign and was vocal in his support for California's Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in the state. His family, however, is increasingly on the other side of this hot-button issue.



McCain's daughter Meghan distanced herself from her father's stance last summer when she posed for an ad for NOH8, a gay rights campaign seeking to defeat Prop 8. Now his wife Cindy is joining in the effort and is also appearing in an ad for NOH8.









NOH8's founder, Adam Bouska, lauded the shift, noting that it's still very "stigmatic" for prominent Republicans to support gay marriage publicly.



"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," he wrote. "Few, though, have surprised us more than Cindy McCain."



Cindy McCain isn't the first political spouse to do this, however. During the 2007 Democratic Primary, Elizabeth Edwards stated that she's "completely comfortable with gay marriage" even though her husband, John, then a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, was steadfastly against it. Michelle Obama has hinted at her support, saying in a speech that connected the gay rights struggle to civil rights: "The world as it is should be one that rejects discrimination of all kinds."



Even Laura Bush pushed back against her husband's aggressive advocacy of a federal gay marriage ban. In an interview with Fox News in 2006, the former first lady said, "I don't think it should be used as a campaign tool, obviously. It requires a lot of sensitivity to just talk about the issue - a lot of sensitivity."



Prop 8 remains in the headlines because, though passed by California voters in November of 2008, it is now being legally challenged by another unlikely pairing. Ted Olson, the conservative lawyer who represented George W. Bush in the legal dispute over the 2000 election results, and David Boies, the lawyer who represented Al Gore in that same case, are leading the legal team. The case is currently in front of a federal court in San Francisco.



Julia Rosen, the online political director for the pro-gay marriage rights group CourageCampaign.org, says that she and other backers of the cause are elated to have the two former legal adversaries on their side.



"It's hard to imagine a more dream pair," she said. "Thus far, everyone has been very impressed."



Rosen is live-blogging the events of the trial and said that though things appear to be "going very well" for Prop 8 opponents, "it's likely that this case will ultimately end [by] being decided by the U.S. Supreme Court."



Meanwhile, despite the opinions of his wife and daughter, John McCain remains firmly in favor of Prop 8. In response to his wife's ad, McCain spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan issued a statement saying that the Senator's "opposition to gay marriage remains the same," adding, "Senator McCain believes the sanctity of marriage is only defined as between one man and one woman."



- Brett Michael Dykes is a contributor to the Yahoo! News blog

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JL - posted on 01/24/2010

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I dislike John Kerry and when he ran as the Democratic nominee for President I was not thrilled but one of the reasons I voted for him besides wanting Bush out of office was that I liked his wife. She openly said on numerous occassions that she supported gay marriage and even though Kerry played the political game of not vocally supporting gay marriage his wife yelled out gay rights whenever a member of the media asked her for her opinion.Plus she told them all to f off on more than one occassion.



I say Go Cindy McCain, but honestly I am not surprised about this stance on gay marriage. I read somewhere once from someone who had interviewed Ford in his later years, that he stated that some of the notable faces of the Republican party the McCains, Ford's, Bush's, Reagan's ect....were all privately supporters of gay rights and were more on the pro-choice side then they let on, that they played the Repubican rhetoric game in public.



Kind of makes me and makes me wonder about Brown..I mean he is not a typical Republican when it comes to his social stances, but since he is now a image for the party will he turn on his personal ideals and play the game of rhetoric as well....only time will tell if he goes completely red or if he stays his ground and then is attacked as a RINO.

Amie - posted on 01/24/2010

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Anyone notice it's always women turning on their husbands? I'd smack Ryan if he had such opinions. He honestly doesn't really care vehemently one way or the other on the issue solely, he does find it utter rubbish that people can't see it's a rights issue.



Good for Cindy! Now she needs to go kick her husband in the arse. =)

Renee - posted on 01/24/2010

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Yeah that stuns me as much as Cheney and his daughter - he supports his daughter but not same sex marriage isn't that what he said, I can't remember just ths minute but it really shocked me. I'm surprised he didn't disown her.

Rosie - posted on 01/24/2010

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good, hopefully word amongst republicans will make them think alittle bit about it-and see how ridiculous they are being! probably won't happen, but at least it's a start!

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