News release from U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen:
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) on Wednesday invited their colleagues in Congress to take a stand for equality through the NOH8 On The Hill campaign. Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Alan Lowenthal issued their personal bipartisan invitation in the form of a joint email video the two filmed last week.
"Over the past three years more than 100 members of Congress have joined together with the NOH8 Campaign to stand up for equality," Rep. Ros-Lehtinen says in the unique video invitation.
"Standing together, we have added our voices to the growing call for equal rights for all Americans," Rep. Lowenthal adds.
The two are asking members of Congress to participate in a fourth NOH8 On The Hill photo shoot scheduled for October 2.
In the photo shoots, conducted by NOH8 campaign co-founders Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley, members pose for photo portraits with duct tape over their mouths to symbolize the voices of equality being silenced by laws like the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8, which were both overturned by the Supreme Court just months ago. In addition, the NOH8 face tattoo worn by participants symbolizes solidarity with others who are also standing up for equality.
Rep. Ros-Lehtinen became the first Congressional Republican to add her voice to the NOH8 message when she participated earlier this year in the third NOH8 On The Hill photo session, which was organized by Rep. Lowenthal.
The June event attracted 64 members--including the first two members of the Senate--more than doubling the number of Congressional participants over last year when 26 Members participated. In 2010, 10 Members of Congress participated. The class of 2013 brought the total of Congressional participants over three years to 100 members.