Image: Cindy McCain ad
Adam Bouska  /  AP
An image from Adam Bouska/NOH8 Campaign shows Cindy McCain, the wife of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
updated 1/21/2010 7:13:04 AM ET 2010-01-21T12:13:04

Cindy McCain, the wife of 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain, has posed for an ad endorsing pro-gay marriage forces in California.

The photo shows Mrs. McCain with silver duct tape across her mouth and "NOH8" written on one cheek. NOH8 is a gay rights group challenging Proposition 8 passed by California voters in 2008 banning same sex marriage.

John McCain's office issued a statement saying the Arizona senator respects the views of members of his family but remains opposed to gay marriage. It says McCain believes "marriage is only defined as between one man and one woman."

California's gay marriage ban — Proposition 8 — is the subject of a court trial going on in San Francisco. Two same-sex couples have sued to overturn it.

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