Martin Heinrich Becomes First Senator To Pose For NOH8 Campaign


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.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

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  • Dakotahgeo

    Fantastic news! Now when those other politicians wake up and smell the coffee, marriage equality will be “in the bag.” Unless, of course, the SCOTUS beats them to it!!!

  • Adam1222

    There’s an irony about a campaign supporting acceptance and equality for all that uses the most heavy handed photoshopping on earth, which actually just looks horrible. Accept your wrinkles.
    Oh, and Dakotahgeo, neither of these politicians likely have any impact on putting marriage equality “in the bag.” But its a lovely photo op to gain support from people who have no idea what they are talking about.

  • Dakotahgeo

    Every vote FOR Marriage Equality is a vote hard won. My comment stands. You sound like you’re not a very happy person no matter how the vote comes out or who our supporters are. Check your attitude!… Life IS beautiful!

  • Adam1222

    It is hard for me to say life IS beautiful, sweet when we are hiding people’s natural frown lines, and the Supreme Court issued two anti-equality decisions that LGBT people are ignoring today, and instead focusing on a meaningless photoshoot.

  • Dakotahgeo

    What is this “WE” business?? Speak for yourself please… “WE” don’t need “support” not asked for.

  • 2eo

    @Adam1222: Your frown lines maybe. Sad sack. You have nothing on the king of the miserable fucks that is me. But I think this is good news.

    Dako is spot on, and you are simply and absolutely wrong. There is no if or but about it. Every tiny ounce of support from powers does matter, no matter how irrelevant it seems. These people are growing desperate to be on the right side of history. We are winning in every field every day.

  • DarkZephyr

    @Adam1222: You are just mean, snarky and depressing. I am glad they are doing this.

  • marc sfe

    @Adam1222: Okay Adam, I”m calling you on this one. Senator Heinrich is MY senator and he DOES know what he is talking about. I have written him and talked to him on the subject. Before you judge and make comments like yours, take the time to learn the facts. People like you piss me off to no end when you’ speak and don’t have a fucking clue.

  • Hermes


    The decisions today are not anti-equality – they are punts – to not recognize that they are punts – nothing more and absolutely nothing less clearly shows that your following of politics is either very limited, or so slanted as to make rational discussion impossible.

    Justice Kennedy, writing the majority opinion “endorsed the Supreme Court’s prior decisions establishing affirmative action as constitutional to further states’ compelling interest in fostering a diverse student body. But the majority maintained that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit did not give a hard enough look at UT-Austin’s race-conscious admissions program.” (Huffington Post, Accessed 6/24/13) This is not an overturn of Affirmative Action – although you obviously think it is, it is an endorsement of it, with a demand that the 5th circuit use a judicial tool called “strict scrutiny” to reexamine Austin’s particular policy. This is in many ways, in fact, a restatement of Kennedy’s opinion in the 2003 case with U-MI. Most conservatives and some liberals expected the SCOTUS to eliminate the consideration of race for purposes of college admissions entirely. That has not only not happened, but a clear consensus of the whole court is that in fact AA based on race is necessary at some level – I think no one but a few optimists like me have gotten through that without shock.

    As for the rest of what you wrote. Frown lines? Really? Why on earth would ANYONE willingly have lines that they can afford to have erased – frown, or any other type? I wouldn’t, and you can think me as shallow as you want – those who know me know I’m not shallow – I also, thankfully, live nowhere near your world thanks — have fun there.

    Blessed be.

  • brent

    Great for senator Heinrich, now if he will only support keystone and stop blaming humans for bad weather. Oh well, that is too much too ask for

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