After California voters passed Proposition 8 -- the law that amended the state's constitution to ban same-sex marriage -- in November, 2008, celebrity photographer Adam Bouska and partner Jeff Parshley created the "NOH8 Campaign," a photo project and silent protest that began with Bouska taking photos of everyday Californians who supported marriage equality. The project grew to include celebrities, politicians, military personnel and others. The campaign recently drew national attention when Cindy McCain, wife of Arizona Senator John McCain, contacted the project and asked to be photographed in support of the Campaign. Her photo is posted on the NOH8 Campaign's web site. In it, Mrs. McCain appears with silver duct tape over her mouth and the phrase "NOH8" written over her right cheek. Mrs. McCain's position supporting gay marriage is opposite that of Senator McCain, who backed an Arizona ballot measure in 2008 that defined marriage as between one man and one woman. The photo, reprinted here with the permission of Adam Bouska, is posted alongside an article titled, "Redefining Republican."
By Anne Landman on January 21, 2010