Washington, D.C. – Today, Representative Brownley (D-Westlake Village) took a stand for marriage equality as a participant of the recent third annual NOH8 On The Hill photo event. Brownley, posing with NOH8’s iconic face tattoo and duct tape, joined nearly 70 new Members of Congress, including two Senators, in support of marriage equality and equal rights for all Americans.
“Our commitment to equality is a reflection of our nation’s character and its strength,” said Representative Julia Brownley “I support equal rights for everyone in California and across the nation and am proud to be part of the NOH8 campaign.”
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, Representative Brownley released the attached photo from the NOH8 Campaign. 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.
The portraits were released by NOH8 Campaign co-founders Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley today.
“This year’s event really showed how far we have come in so short a time,” said NOH8 co-founder and photographer Adam Bouska. “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.
A photo of Representative Brownley’s portrait is attached. To see the all portraits of this year’s NOH8 On The Hill click here: LINK.