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The Basics of Same-Sex Marriage

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What is Same-Sex (or Gay) Marriage?
The Basics of Same-Sex Marriage
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Same-sex is the legal union of two individuals of the same sex.

Why do people use the term "gay marriage"?
The term "same-sex marriage" and "gay marriage" are most often used synonymously. However, using the term "same-sex marriage" is more appropriate given that it includes both gay male and lesbian couples.

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