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BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7445.E286 (Published 15 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:E286
  1. Douglas Kamerow
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    Recently, huge amounts of ink and videotape have been used to document, applaud, and assail attempts by gay male and lesbian couples to get married in the United States. Front-page photos and articles are common, often featuring protestors demonstrating next to the newlyweds. Why has this become such a volatile issue?

    Part of it is because marriage is, as opponents to homosexual unions say, a bedrock institution of society. Many believe that the institution is debased if same-sex couples are allowed in. …

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