– U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.,
supported “marriage equality and equal
rights” by joining the third annual NOH8 On The Hill photo event, according to
and U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, D-N.M.,
“became the first two U.S. Senators to pose in a photo with NOH8’s iconic NOH8
tattoo,” the release said.
“Marriage equality is a human right, and I am
committed to ensuring that it becomes a reality,” Blumenthal said, also
in the release. “I am proud to stand
with NOH8 in their tireless campaign against prejudice and injustice.
Government should never disadvantage people on the basis of whom they love.”
previously joined the amicus brief filed in regard to the Defense of Marriage Act case under review by the Supreme Court, arguing that “the law should be
struck down,” the release said. He co-sponsored the Uniting American Families
Act and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act , the release said.
would allow gay and lesbian Americans to sponsor their permanent partners for
legal residency in the United States; ENDA would prohibit discrimination in hiring
and employment on the bases of sexual orientation and gender identity, the
posed for the photo to send a message that the fight for marriage equality and
equal rights is not over,” the release said.
“LGBT Americans should have the same marriage rights
and privileges that heterosexual Americans have, and federal law should not
discriminate against LGBT citizens of Connecticut who lawfully exercise their
right to marry under the Connecticut Constitution,” Blumenthal said, also
in the release. “That is why I am a
cosponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal DOMA.”
year, the NOH8 On The Hill photo event attracted 64 members of Congress, while
in 2012, 26 Members participated, the release said.
co-founder and photographer Adam Bouska said, also in the release, “This year’s event really showed how far we
have come in so short a time. Equality and freedom appears to be highly
NOH8 On The Hill photos show lawmakers wearing either duct tape
over their mouths or the NOH8 tattoo, the release said.
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Labels: Blumenthal, Defense of Marriage Act, DOMA, NOH8, Respect for Marriage Act, Supreme Court, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich