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So long as capitalism has depended on the nuclear family, the institution of marriage has been at the forefront of oppression. This institution has become a powerful tool in the hands of the capitalist system, allowing it much control over the working class, including inheritance, social norms and definitions of relationships. Forthcoming legalisation on same sex marriage in England, Wales and Scotland is a breakthrough; but whilst some may hail this as a milestone in the long path to equality, we as Marxists must not allow ourselves to become complacent.