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A Picture is Worth… 1,138 Federal Rights and Benefits

Capturing LoveToday the minds behind Capturing Love: The Art of Lesbian and Gay Wedding Photography launched the “A Picture is Worth…” campaign to highlight the federal rights and benefits legally married same-sex couples are denied under the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act.

The campaign features a selection of ten images from Thea Dodds and Kathryn Hamm’s photography book, a first-of-its kind visual guide for photographers looking to adapt to the growing market of same-sex weddings.

“Though a picture may be worth 1,000 words, it can also be worth 1,138 Federal rights,” said Dodds of their latest campaign.

Because the Defense of Marriage Act defines "marriage" as only a legal union between one man and one woman, same-sex couples - even if legally married in their state - are not be considered spouses for purposes of federal law.

“As we file our taxes today -- on April 15 -- we want to raise awareness around the fact that same-sex couples who are married find themselves having to file as individuals (rather than as married couples) on their Federal returns,” said Hamm.

Learn more about the burden LGBT families face under DOMA here.

And to get involved in the “A Picture is Worth…” campaign, download your own copy of the "A Picture Is Worth ..." frame and insert your photo.

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