Congressman John Tierney took a stand for marriage equality as a participant in the third NOH8 On The Hill photo event. Tierney joined with nearly 70 other Members of Congress to wear the "NOH8" logo in support of equal rights for all Americans.
As the nation prepares for the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8, Congressman Tierney released his photo from the NOH8 Campaign.
"It is time that equality for LGBT Americans is the law of the land. I envision an America where our commitment to equality is upheld for all citizens, and am proud to stand with NOH8 to show that we will not back down until discrimination in our laws is rooted out," Congressman Tierney said.
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 holding duct tape or wearing it 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.