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Time magazine’s latest cover is unsurprisingly about the current Supreme Court cases revolving around marriage equality – but the provocative pictures are generating some controversy of their own.

A Buzzfeed post notes, “One of Time‘s two new cover photos declaring “gay marriage already won” looks like a wedding kiss. The other looks more like a makeout session,” but while the in-your-face pictures are sure to generate some comments, it wasn’t the point of what the publication was striving for.

In his editor’s letter, Time’s Richard Stengel remarks, “We had a long debate in our offices about this week’s cover images of two same-sex couples. 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.”

Readers can now also go behind-the-scenes of the cover and learn more about the real-life couples photographed.

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