Each week about 1,500 readers provide quick and unflinching feedback to TIME through letters, faxes, phone calls, E-mails, online postings: everything but carrier pigeon. Such rapid response makes it easy to tell when the magazine has hit a nerve, as it certainly did recently with Charles Krauthammer's piece opposing same-sex marriages [ESSAY, July 22].

Nearly 500 readers wrote about the Essay. Although some of them strongly supported Krauthammer's position, about 90% of those who wrote criticized--to put it mildly--his arguments, particularly his linking of gay marriages to polygamy and incest. "I have yet to read a credible study showing a homosexual...

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