New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich, who was an opponent of marriage equality when he ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008, has become the first senator to pose for the inescapable NOH8 campaign, the photographic silent protest created by photographer Adam Bouska and partner Jeff Parshley as a response to California’s discriminatory Proposition 8.
Sen. Heinrich posted a note on his Facebook page about his decision to tape his mouth shut for Bouska’s camera.
“I am proud to be the first U.S. Senator to participate in the NOH8 campaign. Gay and lesbian couples who accept the responsibility of marriage should have all the rights that come with that responsibility. The time for marriage equality is now.”
Heinrich posed as part of NOH8 on the Hill photo session, in which Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut became the second senator to participate and Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (pictured below) became the first, and so far only, Republican politician to pose.
“Our nation is based on the principle of equality. That is what this is all about,” said Rep. Ros-Lehtinen.