Editor's Blog: Cindy McCain takes a surprising stand

Cindy McCain makes a very public and very unexpected stand for marriage equality.

Many politicians and celebrities join marriage equality campaigns, whether it is to show unwavering support for a worthy  cause, or to be part of a growing fad of heavy hitters “coming out” as advocates for gay marriage.

Cindy McCain poses for the "No H8 Campaign." Photo courtesy of Huffingtonpost.com."

One of the most creative protests against gay marriage bans recently partnered with a very unlikely ally.

The “No H8 Campaign” is a photo collage protest against Proposition 8, the California referendum against gay marriage.  Famed photographer, Adam Bouska, photographs “NO H8” protesters in white clothing with the phrase “No H8” painted on the participant’s body.

One of his most recent protesters was none other than Cindy McCain, wife of Sen. John McCain.  Bouska previously photographed Meghan McCain, the McCains’ oldest daughter.

I am disappointed in the media, both mainstream and alternative, for giving this story less coverage. Cindy McCain made a strong statement by standing up for gay marriage equality, a stance contrary to most within her political party, especially her husband. Sen. McCain won’t even support the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” banning openly gay men and women from serving in the military.

The media does not see Cindy McCain’s attempt to stand up for her beliefs as compelling as her image as a clueless trophy wife, perpetuated by most media outlets in the 2008 Presidential campaign.

Perhaps the media’s political intelligence cannot conceptualize a cause  that has no party lines.

Bravo to both Cindy and Meghan McCain for joining the “No H8 Campaign.” Their protests lacked calculation and scandal, so they may not get the media attention they deserve.  But the gay community is watching and appreciates their support.

-Marchae Grair, social media editor

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