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January 21st, 2010
08:41 AM ET

McCain's Message

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John McCain’s wife, Cindy, appears in a photo ad with her mouth taped shut and “NOH8” painted on her face.  “NOH8” is a gay rights group challenging Proposition 8.  The McCain’s daughter, Meghan, posed for “NOH8” last summer.  John McCain says he respects the views of his family members, but remains opposed to gay marriage. What do you think? Email Kyra on her blog!

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  1. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Cindy either ran out of nair tape or else shes trying to say that Christians against gay marriage is loosing there voice I think she proubly just ran out of tape.

    January 21, 2010 at 9:42 am |
  2. Dan Nelson Lafayette,IN

    Homosexual partners are sinning against the laws of God! We should not be promoting gay sex! They have an illness that they do not want to realize. I say that they are enjoying the pleasure when they have sex together and this kind of pleasure is an abomination and God will bring judgment upon them! This abomination should not happen here in the U.S. as Jesus said it will happen in a place where it should not be! And we are making laws to help the gay community. What has the U.S. come to rewarding gay people to live in sin!

    January 21, 2010 at 9:45 am |
  3. Dan G

    Way to go Ladies!!!! This is an important step in supporting equal rights for all americans. We need more people to step foward against hatred of every kind.

    January 21, 2010 at 9:53 am |
  4. Mike Brown

    I think that Cindy and Meghan both look great in the photos. Also, I think that it is great that they are able to share their own views despite what John McCain views may be.

    January 21, 2010 at 9:53 am |
  5. Tracie

    I think that is awesome! It shows that the issue of gay marriage isn't just a political thing with democrats versus republicans but a civil rights issue ALL people should be considerate of.

    January 21, 2010 at 9:53 am |
  6. Josh

    For Cindy McCain to pose for those photos took conviction and strength. I'm touched that she chose to make her view public when she did not have to do it. You rock Cindy!

    January 21, 2010 at 9:53 am |
  7. Cynthia Lockhart

    I think it is about time that John McCain faces reality. A person does not willfully chose to be a homosexual. There is plenty of scientific evidence to support that it is a biological condition. He should know this since his daughter is homosexual. He represents the "Right" and naturally he has to oppose gay rights. If he was a "real man" he would support all persons who are homosexual instead of playing the "political game."

    January 21, 2010 at 9:54 am |
  8. PK

    I think JOHN put that duct tape there!

    January 21, 2010 at 9:56 am |
  9. Steve

    Is Michelle Obama next? As pleased as I am to see Meghan and Cindy McCain come out for gay marriage, as have Barry Goldwater, Dick Cheney, Gerald Ford, and other top Republicans, let's pause long enough to note that they all did so AFTER they or their politician loved one was no longer running for top political office. Add Bill Clinton to that list as well. That is a luxury, however, that Michelle Obama does not yet have. Does that excuse the failure of Michelle and Barack Obama, or Hillary Clinton, to come out for gay marriage? Of course not. But let's not draw equivalences that just aren't there.

    January 21, 2010 at 9:57 am |
  10. Lamontae Morris

    I think its great, she is standing for something that should have a voice. I am a college student and just seeing that makes me think that there is hope for the Gay Community out there. what she did gives me hope that one day i will be giving a voice to the gay community!

    January 21, 2010 at 9:58 am |
  11. Vince

    As a gay man 54 yrs old native of Washington DC and having a gay brother just shows how ignorant the McCain family is as well as many other citizens.
    It really shows how they think.
    God created all people to be who they are and what they are
    and live their life to their beliefs and mores.
    Wake up the fools that are opposed to Prop.8.


    January 21, 2010 at 9:59 am |
  12. Pat Napolitano

    Cindy Mc Cain is harmless...She is cute but not too bright. The the one who should have a tape over her mouth is Lynn Cheney....she is dangerous. She knows a little about everything and spouts everything her father tells her. She is a bright person but is hurting our country with her dangerous remarks. On talk shows Lynn Cheney interrupts and never lets anyone else speak. She is an authority on nothing and no one should listen to her.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:00 am |
  13. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Maybe Cindy can give Nancy Palosi some of that tape .

    January 21, 2010 at 10:00 am |
  14. Mark Leonard

    The McCain women are representative of most enlightened American citizens that believe in the words "all men created equal". This is not a political issue. It is a human rights issue. Anyone who would restrict my pursuit of happiness that involves two consenting adults is a hypocrite: wanting to enjoy the full rights they would block others from having. Shame on those biggots...

    January 21, 2010 at 10:03 am |
  15. Angela Tacoma Wa.

    I personally think more time will be discussed over the air brushing of the photo than the actual statement she is trying to make, I DID NOT KNOW WHO SHE WAS UNTIL YOU SAID IT!

    January 21, 2010 at 10:09 am |
  16. Eugene Ciz

    Meghan McCain and her daughter are brave and amazing women for participating in the NOH8 Campaign. Human rights and equality are above and beyond who you side with in government, and these two women make an example of it. Regardless, their presence in the issue should help boost support from the Republicans in the United States who are possibly questioning whats right and wrong as of late. It puts a smile on my face knowing that there are people out there that want to step forward and make a difference.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:13 am |
  17. Jay

    As a gay man, I wonder why Cindy McCain didn't speak up for me more when her husband was running for president, instead of waiting for a trendy photo op a year and a half later.

    Supporting basic human and American rights for gay men and women is much more than attempting to be edgy Cindy. Put your money and your words where your duct tape is.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  18. Joseph Kane

    What ever happened to "Separation of Church and State"?

    There are so many comments made about how this is against God's Law.
    Didn't we leave Europe and establish the USA because we wanted the FREEDOM to practice any religion?

    We need to adhere to what our constitution says, "ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL"

    January 21, 2010 at 10:32 am |
  19. Sinbad

    To not like something, to not agree with something, to not think it to be right does not constitute H8.
    I still believe marriage between gays to not be right and against everything I was rasied to believe is right.
    How can a minister hold a bible in his hand and marry two people of the same sex when that book is based upon a religion that does not accept homosexuality as OK ?
    You cannot procreate any species with same sex sex !

    January 21, 2010 at 10:33 am |
  20. Katie from Oregon

    I think Mrs. McCain has every right in the world to express her own personal views, as does her daughter. That freedom is sacred to me. She should not have to withhold her support of something just because it is different than her husband's. That is something they can work out in their own home. It is absolutely none of my, or your, business. If someone wants to make a political issue out of it for Senator McCain, then so be it.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:34 am |
  21. Hughes, michael p.

    CNN, I don't support gay marriage. I voted for John McCain.
    I thought that the McCain family was normal, yet Cindy seemed unique and delicate.
    This photo and its strange delivery, combined with the fact that California Strange is no longer Kool.

    California is becoming a zone of social vitriol, years ago cutting edge sports, relationship, and lifestyle nirvana.
    Cindy, I know social charities are Important, and all the rage, in the do nothing world of fashion and shopping.
    California has lost its BRAND POWER, stupid, needy and out-of -touch isn't a good look for any the pretty people – You need more than a tan, it has to be combined with other utopian traits.
    California Save yourself quick you are losing your edge.
    John McCain, she should have listen much more to you over the years, I suggest additional education and less free time. John, move your family to a state that can help your family align itself with the issues not vested interests and social erosion.
    Support Scott Brown Michael Hughes

    January 21, 2010 at 10:34 am |
  22. Leydi

    I think it is wonderful that Cindy and her daughter are making their voices heard on their point of view towards gay marriage, it surprised me like i think it has done to many Americans, but im glad shes openminded i wonder if McCain also shares her feelings however feels the need to hide them in order to continue to be the conservative he has always been in his parties eyes.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:35 am |
  23. Cody

    John McCain does not believe in Gay rights which is the right choice. Gays have been pushing their rights and feel like they have been descriminated against which is rediculous. We are a nation founded on the bible, One Nation Under God. I do not judge gays because it is not my right and authority. The Bible however does make it clear that people dating, married, etc.. Of the same sex is not of God.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:36 am |
  24. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    We have more pressing issues on our hands then trying to unite Adam and Steve this issue is as bogus as the health care bill .

    January 21, 2010 at 10:38 am |
  25. Chuck

    For Cindy McCain to take an opposite position from her husband is courageous. My perception of the Republican party is that of sheep. Notice who breaks rank in voting party lines in congress more often. It is very rare for a Republican to vote differently from what he/she is told to do. This is not solidarity but rather following the party line. I applaud anyone who has a mind of their own enough to take a stand against what is "popular." Especially when the Republican party claims to be the "religious right." Jesus stated to love EVERYONE, even the "sinner" as he had loved us. The politics of hate does not jibe with WWJD.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:39 am |
  26. Rayvon Joseph

    Although opposed to gay marriage, this is the United States of America– everyone is entitled to their own opinion and has the right to express them freely. However, this photo may indicate a serious flaw within McCain's marriage. As a "Christian" you should not be unequally yoked, married to someone without the same faith, according to the Bible; this photo suggests otherwise.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:40 am |
  27. Mark in Michigan

    I have to say good for you ! I'm a gay male, with a partner, but I don't necessarily aupport gay marriage, however if you want it, you should have the right to the same benefits of any "Streight" married couple. Especially if a long term relationship goes through a death- it's more than tragic because of the one-sided recognition. The same goes here with McCain, it's his right to have his opinion and views, but he does support thier right to thier opinions and thier views!

    January 21, 2010 at 10:42 am |
  28. Ruth L.

    Cindy McCain is allowed to have her opinions, but I think it is biologically obvious that only a man and a woman were designed to marry and have children. It doesn't take hate to believe something is wrong–we should have a right to our opinions as well. Jesus said, "A man shall leave his mother and father and cleave unto his wife." He was quoting Genesis, saying that God had instituted marriage.

    Note: The tape and the No H8 emblems were copied from the anti-abortion movement, which started using red tape with the word LIFE in 2005.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:52 am |
  29. Mr and Mrs L.

    People that use the bible for punshiment for others, should get the bible out and read it again,...Two of . The greatest love story of all time are in the bible, and happens to be about gay pepole. And the bible also teaches us that our god healed the gays that were sick the same as any one else. God also said that all things that I have made are good. I feel sorry for the non beleivers that feel that god did not make gay people, You need to start praying for yourself that He will still except you even if you do not beleive in his great works. Time for people to make their own choices about relegion and stop letting a bunch of narrow minded thumpers tell you what the bible says and does not say, There is not one comment in the bible about god not careing about gays. If you think so get the bible out and start reading you will be suprised, stop letting outher people tell you what the bible says and does not say. It is just not so Go King James. even if you are gay

    January 21, 2010 at 10:54 am |
  30. Dan Nelson Lafayette,IN

    Vince, as God has created us he said to be fruitful and multiply! Gay people cannot do that! Women can surgically have babies even with a gay man's sperm but I do not think God had meant to multiply in that manner!

    January 21, 2010 at 10:54 am |
  31. Donna Marie Scaf

    I am a hardcore Christian but, I DO NOT believe in casting judgment upon ANY human being! I do NOT agree with gay marriage, etc. but ONLY GOD knows what's going on in the heart of the homosexual. I personally know some homosexuals that truly wish they were NOT born gay. So, instead of judging them, lets get together and PRAY for them. Pray that the spirit of homosexuality be gone in JESUS name!

    January 21, 2010 at 10:55 am |
  32. Donna Marie Scaf

    Chuck's comment is PHENOMENAL! Good job Chuck!

    January 21, 2010 at 10:57 am |
  33. russ

    being in an opportune place to cover an event (newly elected MA Senator) is good journalism. however, breaking your arm patting yourself on the back about on the air is deplorably unprofessional. better is expected from CNN

    January 21, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  34. Nikki

    People ask so many why questions and want to bring up judgement and false views of mere passed on teachings of doctrine. GOD is love. Period. You can read out of your man made book and preach mans word..but your loosing the FACTS and what GODS word is. If you spent equal amount of time putting that energy into yourself and LOVING THY NEIGHBOR this world would be a completely different place. Gay Marriage is not about defacing the institution of marriage. Its about rights and responsibilities. If a couple spends 30 years of their life together why should they be treated any different than a married couple when it comes to finances and assets especially when they built them together. There is a bigger picture here. AND for all the the so-called sinner throwing statements... look in the mirror and show yourself you don't sin everyday It's really sad that you must live in such a dependent view of life. You fail at things and you turn to GOD to help you and wonder why your still suffering yourself and then take that anger out on others because your own life is not right.... Let people be whom they are and love accordingly. Gay straight or in between, Money is spent the same way businesses are run the same way and life is still life. Who has the right to say they are wrong!!!! Love is never wrong! Remember that! GOD is LOVE and so is Life!

    January 21, 2010 at 12:03 pm |
  35. Elaine Levenseller

    I am so proud of our president. Most people cannot keep their own family happy and he is trying to keeping millions up on millions happy. For me he is still like a breath of fresh air. He truly cares about everyone regradless of race. Most american cant do that for one day.
    Thank-you president Obama.

    January 21, 2010 at 1:08 pm |
  36. Dan Nelson Lafayette,IN

    Jesus loves everyone but as you accept him as your savior you learn to love him and turn away from sin! Maybe the gay community needs to become more like Jesus. As it is written we all should be more Christlike then we will be reminded of our sins!

    January 21, 2010 at 1:11 pm |
  37. Phyllis, Virginia Beach

    As the earth is in the center of the universe, as the stars are hung into space. I know there is a God. Because of His perfect order, we are never without a season. You may know a fact. But all facts are not truth. You may have a theory. But theory is not truth. God upholds all things by the Word of His power. it can be clearly seen through out the universe. God made man and made the woman from man, and blessed them.He also told them to multiply. He also said they are one flesh. And that is truth.

    January 21, 2010 at 2:33 pm |
  38. christa

    Hope that some day he will have a gay or lesbian relative.

    January 21, 2010 at 2:47 pm |
  39. Matt

    To those bigots who are against gay marriage because it is an abomination to God,
    How dare you comment on the policies of the government. You may keep your own opinion and hatred against them, and I feel sorry for you; yet that is your prerogative, yet when you bring in God to it, connecting it with government, then I have a problem. You can be against anything having to do with gays in your home and personal business, but to claim that equality in the laws and anything dealing in government is encouraging these practices is just a sad demonstration of ignorance and bigotry. I, am a solid republican, believing in state sovereignty, lower taxes, and a fear of government. It is that last note, a fear of government that enforces my idea of keeping governments OUT of the marriage debate, it should remain in individual churches and personal feelings. God loves everyone, regardless of their "deficiencies" as many homophobics would call it, it is only his will that can judge, not humans including us in our governments.

    January 21, 2010 at 3:43 pm |
  40. Phyllis, Virginia Beach

    The government never instituted marriage, God did, that settles it.

    January 21, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  41. Ray

    I really don't care if gay folk want to live together.... travel together.... whatever.... but....

    Marriage is as old as man-kind and with the possible exception of a very few cultures (Sodom comes to mind), marriage has always meant a male and a female. It's the way societies have protected women, children and the family for thousands of years.

    If you want to be gay...fine, be gay. But don't tell me you are man and wife.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  42. Kay in Washington

    I'm with John McCain opposing gay marriage. I also applaud his various family members for being individuals and speaking their own minds. Whoever named Republicans the "religeous right" made a sweeping generalization, which isn't correct. There are many who aren't "religeous" but who generally agree with and vote toward the
    Republican side of the isle. All the jabbering about God is interesting. yes, God does love everyone equally- everyone. Those who agree with God as well as those who do not. But the right and wrong issue has to do with what God's Word lays out as the best way to live according to all that he has created and put into motion. To want to be married to someone of the same gender as yourself is in contrast to the natural ways people are created. It cannot adequately fulfill all the other person's needs to be of the same gender. They can try, but it just won't. They aren't created to have it that way. To allow legal gay marriage where those couples have equal "rights" doesn't make sense. They cannot be the same. By definition they are different. Of course gay people can love other gay people. Love is a choice. They can make that choice. But to allow gay couples to be recognized as "the same" by law as non-gay married couples is nuts. They are not the same, Love all you want, they are not the same.

    January 21, 2010 at 11:34 pm |
  43. tina

    it should not be the gov or anybody else telling people who they can marry and who they can' i'm not gay... and yes i'm catholic..... and it's just my view point... would anybody like to be told they can't marry someone because their hair color isn't the right color....i think not....would anybody like to be told they couldn't marry the person they fell in love with cause they're
    5+ years older then them...i think not...would anybody like to be told they couldn't marry someone because their skin color isn't the same as theirs....i think why should anybody tell gays they can't marry....

    January 22, 2010 at 10:29 am |
  44. KENNY.E

    well i don,t know anythink about mrs. McCain and i really don,t care.
    if her daughter is sleeping with other woman then thats her business.
    but i will say this GOD did not make gays ONLY MEN AND WOMAN.
    i think gay is wrong but thats just me.
    kenny. brentwood. ny

    January 22, 2010 at 12:11 pm |
  45. Dan Nelson Lafayette,IN

    My father was a transsexual and he knew it was an illness he could not bear with it and did not find help. He did not want his four sons to know that he was dressing up as a woman so he killed himself. There should be in this age social help for those that are transsexual or gay but the gay community do not think it is an illness so they do not want the help from a psychiatrist or anybody that would help them with their condition. They think that it is normal and continue to have sexual relations with same sex partners which is a sin that God calls an abomination! I say to the gay community to seek help for your illness and you would become a better human being and closer to God because you will have turned away from sin!

    January 22, 2010 at 12:58 pm |
  46. sue scott

    everyone thinks of their opinion out of selfishness...think of others...
    Think of our children's right to a good future. sure nothing/no one is perfect, thank God; however, the children do come first and thinking of their future helps us all..helps even those whom would contribute to influence not the better choices for our children. I am saddened by the direction our nation seems to be going at times. God Bless everyone but not all their actions.
    ewa beach,HI

    January 24, 2010 at 1:44 am |
  47. sue scott

    A man and woman's marriage is sacred...please keep marriages in sacred respect,,,in these days that seems to becoming more difficult because people are not being respectful. And I am dissapointed how a mother would behave to get a point across...a child acting out is immaturity, and that theme seems to carry on in families. Like welfare families, the cycle needs to be changed by a stronger family member.
    ewa beach,HI

    January 24, 2010 at 2:01 am |
  48. Rich Spry

    I believe anyone should be allowed to marry anyone as long as they truely love each other and fully intend to spend the rest of their lives together

    January 24, 2010 at 3:14 pm |
  49. P Pollard

    If the state went after the deadbeat dads may the the single moms would be able to get off aid. The courts do nothing.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:31 am |
  50. marina

    I believe – marriage is a union of one MAN and one WOMAN!!!!!
    Same sex people can be together without marriage.
    Why do they want to be married?!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Think about CHILDREN! If I were a child – I wanted to have mother and father.
    If in Fairy Tale Prince is kissing a Princess – it’s beautiful!
    But I don’t want my child see Prince is kissing another Prince.
    How do you explain this to your child?
    Children in gay-families are suffering …and more likely – they will not have normal strength families!

    January 26, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  51. Lothar Fritsch

    I do not understand why the folks who ostensible believe in "do onto others as you would have done onto you" (the religious) are so obsessively opposed to widening horizons. A narrow mind is a dangerous thing – but, I guess it is an insurance policy of sorts – against "all perils" , even diversity.

    Let's face it, sex is a recreational activity for most humans and only the very few can say it is solely for procreation (in biblical terms).

    So I do wonder what opponents are really trying to hang onto? Exclusivity in what?

    Marriage is a commitment before peers. Religion has nothing to do with it. It is a contract based on love and promises.

    Why hold anyone back from making that kind of commitment?

    January 28, 2010 at 9:29 am |