Time magazine's new covers address the same-sex marriage debate that dominated this week's news. Russell Hart and Eric LaBonté, who have been engaged since 2010, kiss on one cover; Sarah Kate and Kristen Ellis-Henderson, who have been married since 2011, kiss on another.

"We had a long debate in our offices about this week’s cover images of two same-sex couples," Time Managing Editor Rick Stengel writes in an editor's note. "Some thought they were sensationalist and too in-your-face. Others felt the images were beautiful and symbolized the love that is at the heart of the idea of marriage. I agree with the latter, and I hope you do too."

Photographer Peter Hapak shot more couples, and the magazine has a slideshow from his shoots. The last time the magazine featured split cover images was in November 2012; it had two covers on the election and one cover on Hurricane Sandy, which ran in the Northeast.

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