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Cindy McCain Joins Campaign in Favor of Gay Marriage

(Adam Bouska/ )
Updated on Jan. 21 at 9:15 a.m. ET

Sen. John McCain's wife Cindy McCain is the newest face of a pro-gay marriage campaign.

Posing with tape over her mouth and a "NOH8" logo on her face, Cindy McCain was photographed for the NOH8 Campaign, which protests Proposition 8, the California proposition passed in 2008 banning same-sex marriage. The proposition is currently being challenged in federal court.

McCain approached the campaign herself about her participation, the NOH8 Web site says. She has spoken out on behalf of gay rights before, though this is perhaps her most prominent show of support for the issue.

"The McCains are one of the most well-known Republican families in recent history, and for Mrs. McCain to have reached out to us to offer her support truly means a lot," the Web site says. "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 - marriage equality isn't a Republican issue any more than it is a Democratic issue."

John and Cindy McCain's daughter Meghan has been a vocal advocate for gay marriage and was previously photographed for the campaign. Her outspoken position has been controversial among conservatives, however. The GW College Republicans this week withdrew their financial support of an appearance Meghan McCain will make at George Washington University in February to deliver the keynote address at the "Marriage Equality Week" hosted by another campus club.

"Ms. McCain's views on marriage equality align with neither the Republican Party nor her father's personal stance," the group said in a statement. "Though we fully supported John McCain's candidacy for President, we feel that Meghan McCain's last name is not near as important as the message she advocates."

John McCain has typically taken a more moderate position on the issue of gay marriage than conservative Republicans, saying it is an issue of states' rights, prompting his 2008 running mate Sarah Palin to break with him on the issue during the campaign.

The senator's office released a statement saying he respects the views of his family but still "believes the sanctity of marriage is only defined as between one man and one woman."

As McCain runs for re-election this year, he is once again pairing up with Palin on the campaign trail in Arizona, a move that should bolster his credentials with conservative voters.

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