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01/21/2010

John's marriage views: Palin Pale in comparison to Cindy's

by Jeremy Hooper

McCainCindy McCain's "NO H8" shoot is getting a ton of attention. So of course her husband is so inspired by his wife and daughter's principled stand that he has evolved his own views standing firm against the lady-McCains:

John McCain's office said in a statement that the Arizona senator respects the views of members of his family but remains opposed to gay marriage.

"Sen. McCain believes the sanctity of marriage is only defined as between one man and one woman," the statement said.

McCain's wife, daughter back gay marriage movement [AP via WaPo]

You'd he think he'd have learned a little something about getting upstaged by the "rogue" women in his life. Too bad.

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...but the one woman he's actually married to disagrees. That must be putting some strain in their relationship.

Posted by: Dan T. | Jan 21, 2010 9:11:09 AM

I know it happens all over this world, but I simply cannot imagine being married to someone who stands opposed to me on this issue. Other issues, yes. But not a matter of basic fairness like this.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jan 21, 2010 9:14:41 AM

While I grudgingly appreciate their support, I'm not quite in a position to feel grateful to them. If Cindy & Daughter are so courageous, why did they not take "No H8" (or better yet, "No 102") photos in 2008? My guess is that having John McCain's wife and daughter supporting an issue the frothing-at-the-mouth conservatives hate would have wrecked his presidential bid.

Granting the benefit of the doubt, maybe it's the case that they opposed gay marriage at the time and their positions have evolved. Well, OK, then say something about it directly to Arizonans, too. Cindy, you *are* the wife of one of Arizona's US Senators - your voice carries some amount of influence here. Same to you, Megs.

Cindy & Daughter - your husband / father is up for a fifth Senate term this November. Showing support for gay rights at a state level in Arizona would be absolutely fantastic. Maybe you could speak out against Governor Jan Brown's decision to revoke health benefits for same-sex partners of state employees? Or would that threaten John McCain's electability too much?

Posted by: DN | Jan 21, 2010 10:35:38 AM

Call me a cynic, but by having the McCain ladyfolk support the homos while Daddy McCain stands firm, they get to have it both ways, don't they? The soft-hearted wimmin feel for the homos and the strong patriarch defends marriage, so Republicans get to have queer friends but deny us the right to marry. So excuse me if I wait to judge sincerity here.

Posted by: Aconite | Jan 21, 2010 7:55:54 PM

It is a cynical assessment, Aconite. But I don't think it's unfair.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jan 21, 2010 8:39:21 PM

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