As the country prepares for the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Proposition 8, U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell (CA-15) took a stand for marriage equality as a participant of the third annual NOH8 On The Hill photo event. Swalwell, posing with NOH8's iconic face tattoo and duct tape and in a twist - an iPad - joined nearly 70 Members of Congress in support of marriage equality and equal rights for all Americans.
"Hate of any kind has no place in our society. I'm proud to join the NOH8 campaign to bring attention to the hate, bullying, and inequality still faced by LGBT people," said Swalwell. "The freedom to marry whomever you choose should not require a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. It is time gays and lesbians had the same right to love who they want, work where they want, and go to school where they want, without facing discrimination. My hope is that this picture will send a message to my constituents that I will not stop fighting for equality."
This year's event more than doubled the number of Congressional participants over 2012, when 26 Members participated. In 2010, 10 Members participated. The class of 2013 brings the total number of Congressional participants over three years to 100 members.
"This year's event really showed how far we have come in so short a time," NOH8 co-founder and photographer Adam Bouska said. "Equality and freedom appears to be highly contagious."
The NOH8 On The Hill portraits feature members of Congress wearing duct tape over their mouths to symbolize the voices of equality being silenced by laws like DOMA and California's Proposition 8. In addition, the NOH8 face tattoo symbolizes solidarity with others standing up for equality.