TIME magazine features same-sex couples kissing, says “gay marriage already won”

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The upcoming issue of TIME magazine will feature two photos of two couples kissing. They are same-sex couples and part of the American magazine’s continued coverage of the ongoing marriage equality issue across the country.

Under the headline, “Gay Marriage Already Won,” the cover story written by David Von Drehle for the April 8 issue attempts to show that while the Supreme Court “hasn’t made up its mind – but America has.”

The magazine’s website says the upcoming piece will look at the trajectory of public opinion in the country over recent years. TIME argues that in the past two decades public opinion on the subject of marriage equality as changed dramatically and is only a matter of time before it becomes the law of the land in the United States.

This past week, the Supreme Court heard arguments over the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8. Activists are hopeful that when the court issues its ruling later this summer, it will pave the way for marriage equality for all.

The two-cover issue shows Sarah Kate and Kristen Ellis-Henderson, married in 2011. On the other, Russel Hart and Eric LaBonte, engaged since 2010. Both images show the couples kissing.

“As we were driving to the shoot, I thought, ‘I’m doing this because I want my kids to live boldly and loudly and see what it means to stand up for something,'” Sarah Kate Ellis-Henderson told TIME.

Despite the obvious positive move for the magazine in showing LGBT issues in a mainstream light, public opinion polls do not necessarily agree with the concept that “Gay Marriage Already Won.” A 2012 poll published by Politico showed that while the number of Americans who support marriage equality is increasing, less than half, 40 percent, are in favor of granting equal rights to LGBT couples.

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