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USA Today: Gay marriage controversy focuses on children


WASHINGTON — It is perhaps the most controversial component of the national debate over same-sex marriage: Who should raise children?

The judge who wrote the decision upholding gay-marriage bans in four Midwest states gave at least some same-sex couples a shout-out last fall, even while ruling against them. His ruling is being appealed to the Supreme Court, which will hear oral arguments next Tuesday.

“Throughout this battle, judge after judge has talked about children. It has helped bring the reality of this issue into this debate,” says Gabriel Blau, executive director of the Family Equality Council, which advocates for gay and lesbian parents and children. “They get that there are real lives at stake here.”

Read the full story in USA Today by Richard Wolf at