Legal Stranger Project wins first place in White House contest
The Legal Stranger Project, which tells the hardships of same-sex couples impacted by the Defense of Marriage Act, has been awarded a First Place for Multimedia Innovation in the White House News Photographers Association’s annual Eyes of History contest.
The project is being directed, photographed and produced by Amanda Lucidon. Pandau’s Scott Anger is co-producing and managing the project. The project team includes contributing photographers Allison Joyce and Charles Ludeke along with production assistant Irene Rojas.
I like Legal Strangers for the innovative in it’s use of crowdsourcing/funding to buck the system. Video diaries create conversation; its not a talk-down thing, it’s a conversation with the audience. – judge’s comment
The Legal Stranger Project is a series of intimate 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.”
Nearly one million same-sex couples in the U.S. 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 DOMA, which defines marriage as the legal union between one man and one woman.