The wife of former presidential candidate John McCain surprised many when she appeared in an ad supporting gay marriage rights.
Cindy McCain is featured on the website of NoH8Campaign.com—which advocates against California’s Proposition 8, a ballot initiative that bans gay marriage—with a piece of silver duct tape over her mouth and the slogan "No H8" written on her cheek.
"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," wrote Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley, owners of the site.
They added that her appearance sends the message that same-sex marriage is not a Republican or Democratic issue, but it is an issue of human and civil rights.
Mrs. McCain is not the only member of the Arizona senator’s family that has spoken in support of marriage equality. Her daughter Meghan has appeared in a similar ad on the website and is widely known to have distanced herself from her father’s views on the issue.
According to Yahoo News, Cindy McCain joins a long list of politician’s wives from both sides of the political scene—including Elizabeth Edwards, Michelle Obama and Laura Bush—who have publically expressed views on this issue that are different from those of their husbands.