This series was written and reported by Thomas Farragher and Patricia Wen. It recounts the experiences of a couple and their two sons. One son is straight, the other gay. Both marry during the same summer. Farragher and Wen follow the sons in their relationships and the parents in theirs and along the way provide insight into the challenges and appeal of this contested institution. Published in 2004, in the context of Massachusetts’ recently legalized gay marriage, the story carries social context that enriches—perhaps justifies—the highly personal content.

N.B.: Wen checked in with the brothers recently, and both couples are now parents.

Read “Best Men,” by Thomas Farragher and Patricia Wen

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