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When officials began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in 2004, this country went to war over a word. How different is a "gay marriage" from a heterosexual one?
The Year of Paper chronicles the newlywed year of three couples -lesbian, heterosexual and gay- exploring why they got married and how saying "I Do" has changed their relationships. Although each newlywed year takes a different path, these couples deal with similar issues. Family, acceptance of their relationship, finances, resolving conflict and starting a family of their own are among the experiences they share. In experiencing their everyday lives, we see the human faces behind this contentious issue.
While The Year of Paper focuses on these three couples and their experiences, it also follows the firestorm of debate that surrounds the very idea of marriage for same-sex couples. Historians, activists, politicians, sociologists and clergy weigh in on the debate, examining the history of the institution and whether it should evolve to include same-sex couples.