Local House members pose for NOH8 Campaign

As the federal court drama over Proposition 8’s ban on same-sex marriage continues, three Bay Area members of Congress have loaned their likenesses to a national campaign for same-sex marriage rights.

The NOH8 Campaign, now in its fourth year, is “a photographic silent protest created by celebrity photographer Adam Bouska and partner Jeff Parshley in direct response to the passage of Proposition 8,” according to its website. “Photos feature subjects with duct tape over their mouths, symbolizing their voices being silenced by Prop 8 and similar legislation around the world, with ‘NOH8’ painted on one cheek in protest.”

The campaign went to Capitol Hill last week to ask members of Congress to pose; 10 members, all Democrats, did so.

Jackie Speier

Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Hillsborough: “NOH8 because we are a country of equality and inclusion, not hate and segregation. NOH8 because the state should not dictate love or marriage. I proudly join with the NOH8 campaign to stand up for marriage equality and oppose laws that suppress it.”

Lynn Woolsey

Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Petaluma: “I’m proud to participate in this extraordinary campaign, to make this statement of protest against the treatment of LGBT Americans as second-class citizens. I believe this is the defining civil rights struggle of our time — where you stand today on marriage equality will determine how you are judged by history. What’s at stake is the human dignity of LGBT people. To deny equal rights and freedoms based on sexual orientation does violence to American values.”

Barbara Lee

Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland: “Hate does not belong in our communities, families, schools, or the workplace, and certainly not in our government.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Common Tater

    One: It’s rather obvious that the cheeky message is “No Hate.”

    Two: Interesting that the left views those opposed to gay marriage as “haters.”

  • RR, Senile Columnist

    I don’t think much of these three but at least Barb Speaks For Thee didn’t make the dumbest comment this time. I’d award that distinction to Woolly Lynn. I also detect an undertone of S&M in this collection.

  • John W.

    Re: #1

    “It’s rather obvious.” I think that’s the general idea of a message.

    “…interesting that the left views those opposed to gay marriage as “haters.”

    By “the left,” you mean people like Theodore Olsen and even Dick Cheney? It’s difficult to listen to callers to some radio shows and not conclude that many who oppose gay marriage are both idiots and full of self-destructive hatred toward homosexuals. Others are just prejudiced. Many who opposed interracial marriage (not very long ago) were not haters but were wrong. The day is not far away when we will look back on this time and wonder why this issue was such a big deal. The under-35 portion of the population already is at that point. The rest of us are, like General MacArthur, just old soldiers fading away.

  • Truthclubber


    I agree.

    @1 and @2:


    100 years ago women were not allowed the right to vote. Were those men who opposed that right not “haters”? I think not.

    50 years ago people who had a darker pigmentation than you were not allowed the right to sit, eat, go the bathroom, or even travel in certain parts of these United States. Were those people who opposed that right not “haters”? I think not.

    Bigotry of any flavor in a society does not end without some massive ideological enema being implemented to certain parts of that societal body — which is being served NOW.

    The faster you and your bigotry are expelled from our body politic, the better…

  • Publius

    I love duct tape. Even MacGyver couldn’t come up with a better use…The only problem I see with this campaign is that the duct tape will eventually come off.

  • RR, Senile Columnist

    Who looks the cutest? I vote for Jackie.

  • Common Tater

    Truthclubber wants a segment of society “…expelled from our body politic…”

    Such HATEful words.

    How are you going expel the people you H8?

  • Elwood


    “I think not.”

    Only true thing you’ve ever posted.

    Stay out of the cooking sherry.

  • For Liberty

    How about Government Free Marriage?

    See the links below:




    A government free marriage may make it more difficult to identify the haters.