In recent years, the battle surrounding legal recognition of same-sex marriages and civil unions has grabbed headlines. Voices from the
political and religious arenas have had their say. Often lost in the
debate have been the voices of same-sex couples themselves.
In 2006, voters in the state of Wisconsin approved an amendment to
the state constitution banning legal recognition of same-sex unions:
“Only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid
or recognized as a marriage in this state. A legal status identical
or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals
shall not be valid or recognized in this state.”
In the United States, the average duration of heterosexual marriages
that end in divorce is approximately seven years. On that basis, we
invited same-sex couples who had been in relationships for seven years
or longer to be interviewed and photographed for this exhibit. The
30 participating couples had been together for periods ranging from
seven years to 50 years.
Here are portraits of couples whose committed relationships are
considered by many to be unworthy of recognition. We invite you to
look, read, and decide for yourself.
Shall Not Be Recognized is available as a 72-page hardcover book, which may be previewed and purchased at www.blurb.com.
View a slideshow of the photos with music.