John McCain’s Wife to Star in Dustin Lance Black's Gay Marriage Play

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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.”

She took to Twitter to confirm her appearance: “Proud to be a part. RT @theatermania: .@cindymccain is expected to appear in a production of (cont) http://t.co/ovuLRfuFmH,” she wrote in a re-tweet.

https://twitter.com/cindymccain/status/321319881750503424

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.

While Sen. McCain has publicly expressed his opposition to gay marriage, his wife and daughter, Meghan McCain, feel otherwise. They both posed for the NOH8 photo campaign in 2010.

“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


Greg Kabel

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