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An Economic Assessment of Same-Sex Marriage Laws

  title={An Economic Assessment of Same-Sex Marriage Laws},
  author={Douglas W. Allen},
  journal={Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy},
  • D. Allen
  • Published 22 June 2006
  • Law
  • Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy
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