Following the passage of California’s ban on same-sex marriage in 2008, the NoH8 photo campaign launched to organize and showcase LGBT supporters — and Pennsylvania U. S. Sen. Bob Casey (D) was among a group of lawmakers who took part in a NoH8 shoot.
Casey and four other senators, as well as 15 Congressmembers, were featured in the Feb. 14 #NoH8onTheHill campaign, which adds legislative voices to the chorus of celebrities, athletes and LGBTs and allies who stand for LGBT rights and against bullying.
This is the third incarnation of the #NoH8onTheHill; Pennsylvania Congressmembers Chaka Fattah (D) and Matt Cartwright (D) participated in the 2012 and 2013 sessions, respectively.
Casey is no stranger to LGBT support: He backs the Employment Non-Discrimination Act; is the lead sponsor of the LGBT-inclusive anti-bullying Safe Schools Improvement Act; and last spring announced his support for same-sex marriage.
“Everyone deserves equal rights, and I’m proud to support equality for all, no matter who they are or whom they love,” Casey said. “I’m proud to work with NoH8 in an effort to make discrimination and injustice history.”
NoH8 founders Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley said in a joint statement that the #NoH8onTheHill release was dedicated to LGBTs in Russia, who are facing increased antigay persecution from their government.
“Today we show our gratitude for those in government who use their platform to speak out for the rights of all people.”
For more information, www.noh8campaign.com.