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Nearly one million same-sex couples are being denied 1,138 federal rights, benefits and entitlements inherently granted to heterosexual couples upon marriage. Although same-sex marriage is legal in six states and one district, it is not federally recognized under the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, which defines marriage as the legal union between one man and one woman.
Through contemporary interviews and verite style footage, The Legal Stranger Project presents a series of personal stories conveying the great disparities encountered by same-sex couples under DOMA, which allows the federal government to merely recognize these couples as "legal strangers."
Producer/Director: Amanda Lucidon
Co-Producer/Project Manager: Scott Anger
Photo Editor: Gary Miller
Production Assistant: Irene Rojas
Fiscal Sponsor: Talking Eyes Media
About the Film:
"While photographing the news events associated with D.C. legalizing same-sex marriage, I met Amy & Alex Khalaf on their wedding day.
"I began to document Amy & Alex through the first year as newlyweds. Through research, I learned that there are 1,138 federal rights, benefits and entitlements associated with marriage. My husband and I were automatically entitled to such benefits. Yet under DOMA, same-sex couples are not able to receive the same rights, even if they are legally married.
"I wanted to take a closer look at the issue to see the personal impact on same-sex couples and their families." -- Amanda Lucidon
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