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Scott Shackford on Five Ways 2013 Was America's Gayest Year

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Thousands of gay Americans will be ringing in the new year as legally recognized married couples, part of an irreversible, dynamic shift in growing cultural acceptance of same-sex relationships. 2013 was a bellwether year for gays in the United States, but it also brought to the forefront debate over the difference between government-enforced discrimination and private freedoms of association. Reason's Scott Shackford looks at the developments, victories, challenges, and what's ahead in gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues.