With U.S. Supreme Court decisions expected soon on California’s ban on gay marriage, known as Proposition 8, and on the Defense of Marriage Act, which blocks federal benefits to gay spouses, U.S. Representative Tim Bishop of Southampton on Monday made a visual statement in favor of marriage equality.
The congressman joined dozens of fellow members of the House and two U.S. senators in a duct tape-laden photoshoot by the NOH8 Campaign, a charitable organization whose mission is to promote marriage, gender and human equality through visual protest, among other means.
The elected officials appear in individual photos on the NOH8 website, many with the heavy silver tape over their mouths, symbolizing the silencing of their voices by Proposition 8 and similar legislation. “NOH8” is painted on their cheeks in protest. Some of the politicians hold rolls of duct tape rather than sport them on their mouth.
In his photo, which he tweeted on Monday afternoon and also posted as his profile picture on Facebook, Mr. Bishop appears in a suit with his hand over his heart, duct tape over his mouth and “NOH8” on one cheek.
Mr. Bishop’s daughter, Molly Bishop, is in a same-sex marriage.
“All Americans should be free to love the person of their choice and marry them if they so choose,” reads his statement on the NOH8 website. “I am proud to join the NOH8 Campaign and support efforts to guarantee that all Americans are recognized equally by the federal government. In the greatest nation on Earth, there should be no second-class citizens.”