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NOH8 On The Hill
LGBT Issues – With all of the negative political campaign rhetoric floating around lately in regards to LGBT rights, it’s often easy to overlook the fact that some politicians actually believe in equal rights for everyone. Earlier this month, ten members of congress stood up for their beliefs and joined the “NOH8 on the Hill” campaign in Washington, D.C.
The ten elected officials, of which only one identifies as LGBT, included four men and six women who represent “not only districts on the East and West Coasts, but the states in between as well: California, Oregon, Colorado, Ohio, Massachusetts, and Washington D.C.”
Each member that showed up for the photo shoot also included a statement to be published with his or her photo. Read them below.
All Images by Adam Bouska for NOH8
“Our nation was founded upon the principle of equality. It is imperative that we work for equal rights for all in order to make that principle a reality. Love isn’t gay or straight, tall or short, black or white, it is for everyone.” — Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio’s 10th District
“The reason why I support the NOH8 Campaign is simple: our country rests on the principle that all people are equal, regardless of their gender or sexual orientation. If we deny that fact then we are no longer the Land of the Free. The most important freedom is the freedom to be the person you truly are and embrace the life you want to live. It’s my hope that LGBT youth across the country and in Massachusetts feel our encouragement and support. They are not alone. I stand firmly behind them, and the important message that NOH8 is spreading.” — Rep. William Keating of Massachusetts’ 10th District
“I’m proud to join over 20,000 participants who’ve posed in NOH8 photos depicting the silencing of equality by California’s Prop 8 and similar legislation around the world. These pictures speak volumes about the will of the American people to be treated the same, regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation.” – Rep. Judy Chu of California’s 32nd District
“On the same week that Maryland and Washington stepped up for marriage equality, I stood with NOH8 in solidarity with those who are fighting Prop 8 in California. Gay and lesbian Americans are part of the fabric that makes this country strong. The notion that we could ask these men and women to do everything from paying taxes to serving our country in uniform while denying them the right to marry is offensive to everything I believe in as a public servant. I won’t stop working for equal rights in Congress until they have been extended to every American.” – Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon’s 3rd District
“In 2004 I rallied on the steps of the Massachusetts State House in support of same-sex marriage and I was proud that Massachusetts was the first state to recognize marriage equality. Consenting individuals throughout the country though should have the ability to have their monogamous, long-term relationships recognized and celebrated. Our nation will be stronger when all Americans enjoy this right.” – Rep. Niki Tsongas of Massachusetts’ 5th District
“Hate does not belong in our communities, families, schools, the workplace and certainly not in our government.” – Rep. Barbara Lee of California’s 9th District
“Don’t be fooled, I’ll never be silenced about marriage equality.” – Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton of District of Columbia at-large
“I’m proud to participate in this extraordinary campaign, to make this statement of protest against the treatment of LGBT Americans as second-class citizens. I believe this is the defining civil rights struggle of our time — where you stand today on marriage equality will determine how you are judged by history. What’s at stake is the human dignity of LGBT people. To deny equal rights and freedoms based on sexual orientation does violence to American values.” – Rep. Lynn Woolsey of California’s 6th District
“Equality before the law is an American value articulated in our Constitution and it’s at the heart of the NOH8 Campaign. With a focus on our nation’s value of freedom and an unflagging insistence on equality for all, we can look forward to a time when equal rights for all is a given.” – Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado’s 2nd District
“NOH8 because we are a country of equality and inclusion, not hate and segregation. NOH8 because the state should not dictate love or marriage. I proudly join with the NOH8 campaign to stand up for marriage equality and oppose laws that suppress it.” – Rep. Jackie Speier of California’s 12th District
It’s amazing to see that so many politicians have spoken up about equal rights for everyone, however these ten represent only a drop in the bucket. If you would like to encourage your lawmakers to join the NOH8 campaign to show that they believe in equality, click here to get more information and use NOH8′s Form letter.
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