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to April 2014 when the first same-sex marriages took place. Using a top-down approach we investigate the discourses drawn upon in
same-sex marriage debates (as indexed by keywords and key semantic fields) and uncover the binary social categories used to
normalise social structures and hold the same-sex marriage debate in place. We also consider which social actors are (not) given a
voice and/or agency and discuss how (same-sex) marriage is constituted.
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