With major Supreme Court decisions on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8 imminent, U.S. Rep. George Miller (D- Contra Costa County) joined NOH8 On The Hill's third annual photo event in support of marriage equality and equal rights for all Americans. Miller, posing with NOH8 tattoo and duct tape, joined nearly 70 new Members of Congress participating in this year's photo shoot on Capitol Hill.
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.
"I support marriage equality because the fundamental right to love and marry whomever one chooses belongs to all Americans," said Miller. "To disparage committed gay and lesbian couples as unequal or second-class is unconstitutional, immoral, and wrong. Until all laws like Prop 8 in California find their way to the dustbins of history, I will continue to fight for full equality under the law, regardless of who one loves."
This year's event more than doubled the number of Congressional participants over 2012, when 26 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 portraits were released by NOH8 Campaign co-founders Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley on Monday