Forty-Year Courtship

The struggle to achieve gay rights

Our April 8 cover story, "how gay marriage Won" by David Von Drehle, maps the seismic shift in political discourse and public opinion in favor of gay marriage. The story generated more than 2,000 online comments and letters, including a strong response to the covers. Time printed two versions, featuring images by photographer Peter Hapak of male and female same-sex couples kissing. "Great cover!" tweeted actress and human-rights activist Mia Farrow. BuzzFeed critiqued TIME for "sexualizing" the issue, while gay-rights activist Danielle Moodie-Mills, writing at the Huffington Post, worried that the images might...

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