Cindy and Meghan McCain, wife and
daughter of Arizona Senator John McCain, respectively, have returned
for a second NOH8 Campaign photo shoot.
The McCain women created a stir when
they first joined the campaign roughly two years ago.
The NOH8 Campaign, which is helmed by
photographer-activist Adam Bouska and his partner Jeff Parshley, is a
silent protest which raises awareness and funds for gay rights
causes, including ending California's 2008 voter-approved gay
marriage ban, Proposition 8. The pair photograph celebrities and
everyday folks with their mouths duct taped and the campaign's
familiar “NOH8” slogan often written on one cheek.
Mother and daughter are seen together
one photo and each has posed for a second individual photo.
Cindy McCain also starred in a NOH8
Campaign video for the It Gets Better Project where she appeared to
break with her husband over repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell.”
In the video, which starred a bevy of
celebrities, she blamed discriminatory laws and religious dogma for
driving gay teens to kill themselves.
“Our political and religious leaders
tell LGBT youth that they have no future,” McCain said.
After other speakers stated that “these
laws that legislate discrimination teach bullies that what they're
doing is acceptable,” it is McCain who delivered the line, “Our
government treats the LGBT community like second-class citizens –
why shouldn't they?” As an example she added, “They can't serve
our country openly.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of
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Less than 24 hours later, she tweeted:
“I fully support the NOH8 campaign and all it stands for and am
proud to be a part of it. But I stand by my husband's stance on