Congressman one of ten representatives to join campaign in February
Tenth District Congressman Bill Keating and fellow Massachusetts Representative Niki Tsongas (Fifth District) were two of ten representatives who joined the NOH8 campaign for marriage equality last month.
Created by celebrity photographer Adam Bouska and partner Jeff Parshley, the NOH8 campaign is a photographic silent protest and direct response to the passage of Proposition 8 in California.
Since the campaign began three years ago, subjects have been photographed with duct tape over their mouths symbolizing their voices being silenced by Proposition 8 and similar legislation and NOH8 painted on their cheek, according to the NOH8 website.
Over 20,000 people from all walks of life have participated in the photographic campaign including celebrities and politicians.
The NOH8 on the Hill photo shoot took place last month in Washington, DC.
Of the project, Congressman Keating said, "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. And the ability to marry the person you love is a right, not a privilege. It is my hope that members of our LGBT community – in particular 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. Keating said.