John McCain may oppose gay marriage, but that doesn’t mean the entire McCain family does. In fact, the Arizona senator may part of the minority in his direct family when it comes to this dividing issue.
To cement her support for LGBT rights, Cindy McCain, wife of the politician, has announced she’ll be participating in an Arizona production of Dustin Lance Black’s Proposition 8 play, named “8.”
The ballot measure Proposition 8 stripped away gay and lesbian couples from the right to marry in California. The play is based on the is true-life account of the Federal District Court trial in Perry v. Schwarzenegger (now Perry v. Brown). The case is currently being discussed in the U.S. Supreme Court.
Screenwriter Black, who penned the Academy Award-winning film “Milk” and the film “J. Edgar,” based “8? on the actual words of the trial transcripts, first-hand observations of the courtroom drama and interviews with the plaintiffs and their families.
Arizona’s staging of the play will hit Phoenix’s Herberger Theater in May.
“Aligning yourself with the platform of gay marriage as a Republican still tends to be very stigmatic, but Cindy McCain wanted to participate in the campaign to show people that party doesn't matter -- marriage equality isn't a Republican issue any more than it is a Democratic issue,” NOH8 organizers told the Huffington Post at the time.
Director Rob Reiner said this year he wants to turn the play into a movie. Sergio N. Candido