Friday, January 22, 2010
Today we have an interesting, if somewhat confusing photo from Cindy McCain (Republican Presidential nominee John McCain's wife). About a year too late, she has posed for No H8, an anti Prop-8 campaign. Although the timing could definitely have been better, I guess it's the thought that counts...?
Prop-8, which was passed last year in the state of California, revoked a previous ruling which granted the right for same-sex couples to marry. The downright prejudice of Prop-8 is further compounded by the fact that it allowed the majority to make decision about the civil rights of a minority. Rights are not something that are open for debate or vote or ad campaigns. They just exist. And so Prop-8 sucked because 1) it passed into law 2) it is wildly discriminatory and 3) the whole premise behind a referendum on civil rights is just ridiculous.
As I am sure a lot of you are, I am a bit confused about why Cindy McCain did this (Megan McCain, John McCain's daughter, has posed for the same campaign as well, but during the election campaign. Kudos to her.). The reason why Cindy didn't display her pro-human rights stance during the election campaign is obvious enough, I suppose--she had to display a united McCain family front to the public, and that meant sacrificing her own beliefs (not to mention the rights of thousands of other people) . This whole sacrificing-my-beliefs-to-support-my-husband's-career-thing is a script that we've seen often enough.
But why now? Why let John McCain make an utter ass of himself on the Ellen show as he explains why he doesn't support gay marriage, if you--his wife and daughter--can try and convince him otherwise?
What are your opinions? Let me know what you think!