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HRC applauds Cindy and Meghan McCain for standing up to support marriage equality

(WASHINGTON D.C.)– The Human Rights Campaign is applauding Republicans Cindy and Meghan McCain, the wife and daughter of 2008 Republican presidential nominee Senator John McCain, for publicly standing up and voicing their support for marriage equality for same-sex couples. Cindy and Meghan McCain have lent their faces and efforts to the NOH8 campaign, which was formed to protest passage of Proposition 8.

“Cindy and Meghan McCain’s outspoken, public support of full marriage equality for loving and committed same-sex couples further underscores that equality is not a liberal issue or a conservative issue,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese.

“We are deeply grateful to Mrs. McCain for proactively reaching out and offering her support of our community’s equality. In households throughout the country, families are talking about equality and minds are changing. The McCains are a prominent example, but they are not alone. Little by little, family member by family member, there is no doubt that our country is headed in the direction of full equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, and Cindy and Meghan McCain’s courageous decision to publicly stand up will certainly be a beacon for others to follow.”

Oddly enough, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) quickly released an official statement from his Senate office reiterating his anti-marriage equality position and touting his past support for discriminatory measures. The statement reads, “Senator McCain respects the views of members of his family. The Senator chaired the effort to successfully pass Arizona Proposition 102, the Marriage Protection Amendment, and his opposition to gay marriage remains the same. Senator McCain believes the sanctity of marriage is only defined as between one man and one woman.”

The statement has left many in the pro-marriage equality camp rolling their eyes.

“Views like those touted in Senator McCain’s statement are not only out of the mainstream in America, but are also clearly out of step in his own household,” continued Solmonese. “The fact is that millions of Americans are living in long-term, committed relationships that deserve to be treated fairly by our government. Anything less simply falls short of the founding tenants of our great country.”