By Thaddeus M. Baklinski

January 22, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Cindy McCain, the wife of former Republican presidential candidate Senator John McCain, has joined a campaign supporting same-sex "marriage" by having her picture taken for the campaign's website, and has prompted the senator to issue a clarifying statement reaffirming his opposition to gay “marriage.”

In the photo for the group, NOH8, she has "NOH8" written on her face (the letters are a reference to Proposition 8, California’s ban on same sex "marriage") and has her mouth covered in silvery duct tape.

NOH8 was started in opposition to Prop. 8 by a group calling itself "Love Honor Cherish".

The founder of the group, Adam Bouska, said he was surprised by Mrs. McCain's support.

“In the year since we’ve started the NOH8 campaign, we’ve often been surprised at some of the different individuals who have approached us showing their support. Few, though, have surprised us more than Cindy McCain,” Bouska told the media.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, one of the groups that supported the successful Proposition 8 campaign in California, said he doubted Mrs. McCain's endorsement of same-sex "marriage" would have any effect on public opinion.

“The people of California have been very clear on this issue,” said Mr. Perkins. “They’ve voted twice to preserve the definition of marriage.”

Senator McCain's daughter, Meghan, who supports same-sex "marriage" also appears on the NOH8 website.

In response to his wife’s endorsement of the campaign, however, McCain’s press office issued a clarification. "Senator McCain respects the views of members of his family,” says the statement. “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."