Wednesday, August 17, 2011

My photos from same sex marriage are up on The Legal Stranger website, a fantastic project started by Amanda Lucidon. The project documents the obstacles faced by same sex couples in America.

I met Amanda a few weeks ago at the pop up chapel and she filled me in on the challenges that same sex couples face.

With the passage of the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996 a marriage was explicitly defined in federal law as a union of one man and one woman. This allowed more than 1,138 rights and protections to married couples including Social Security benefits, veterans' benefits, health insurance, Medicaid, hospital visitation, estate taxes, retirement savings, pensions, family leave, and immigration law.

According to Federal Law, these rights are not allowed to same sex couples, whether married (according to state law) or not.

Go to for more.

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