Writer David Cole, in this piece about four new books on marriage and the marriage-rights movement, makes the case that marriage as an institution not only will survive but will thrive if all same-sex couples gain access to it. "For marriage itself, then, and more important for the constitutional principle of equality, the only just result is to accord equal dignity and respect to all those who choose to enter long-term, committed family relationships, irrespective of their sexual orientation," Cole writes.

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