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updated 09/08/2003 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/08/2003 01:00AM

WILL LOVE CONQUER ALL?
Your article about Ben and Jen didn't surprise me. They're a good-looking couple, very much in love, dealing with an obstacle. Can they overcome it? I believe they can. What's a strong relationship without obstacles?
Stephanie Keirle, Lusby, Md.

It sounds like they may still be in good standing. But I hope Ben Affleck wises up before it's too late. The third may be the charm for some, but I think Jennifer Lopez needs to stay single for a while.
Melissa Magno, Spreckels, Calif.

Ben has broken the heart of his woman, her family and his own for the sake of instant gratification. There's a void in the area of sex education: Act responsibly.
Sunny Kreis, Santa Monica, Calif.

Ms. Lopez, be a strong woman. Throw away a man who can't be faithful. He isn't worthy of you. Take your time and find a decent man. You are a beautiful woman. Be smart, too. That's the way to go.
Paul Pichot, Antsirabe, Madagascar

J.Lo and Ben again? Please, PEOPLE, give it a rest. I'm so 'Bennifered' out by all their publicity, arrogance and extravagance lately. They have become poster children for the self-indulgent and narcissistic of the world.
Denise B. Fein, Moorestown, N.J.

The first time was mildly interesting, the second was momentarily attention-grabbing. Now it's just plain boring.
Amberlin Tannehill, London, England

Most men I know wouldn't stray very far if they had a J.Lo at home. I trust that Ben has now learned a tough lesson: He's not just a regular Joe, and she's not just Jenny from the block.
Sharmian White, Woodbridge, Va.

CHURCH AND STATE AND GAYS
Kudos to PEOPLE for producing such a beautiful piece on gay marriage. I am a proud, practicing Catholic. Why should any couple who have devoted their lives to one another be denied such rights? I believe that our Constitution is our governing doctrine and not our Bibles.
Jessi Marie Abegglen, Tacoma, Wash.

Disgusting, immoral, unholy. These are often words used when people discuss homosexuality. However, I use these words when discussing homophobia. Of course gay people should have the right to be married, because being gay isn't wrong.
Tonya Abbott, Yorktown, Va.

I couldn't bring myself to read this article. America originally based her laws on God's laws. God brought Adam Eve, not Steve.
Karen Christian, Homosassa, Fla.

RENEE'S GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT
I enjoy your magazine very much, but I was somewhat taken aback by the story on Renée Zellweger. I find it disturbing to read that a woman who is adding 20 lbs. onto a 106-lb. frame for a role is considered becoming fat. I feel most women would love to weigh 126 lbs. We're sending the wrong message to our daughters by making such a big deal out of the fact that she no longer weighs less than my black Labrador.
Becca James, Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

Oh, puh-leeze. If I have to read one more time how Renée Zellweger is trying to "pack" on 20 lbs. for another Bridget Jones movie, I'm going to gag. Most women I know can gain 20 lbs. in a single stressful month!
Diane Mikulec, Brighton, Mich.

OOPS!...SHE DID IT AGAIN
What a sad example Britney Spears is setting for our young daughters: wearing pants low enough to show her butt and smoking.
Jo Young, Gonzales, Calif.

CHIP OFF THE GOLDIE BLOCK
I was impressed with your spread on Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson. They are the most talented people I've ever seen. I'm 30 and have a 5-year-old daughter, and your article gives me hope that one day we can be as close and wonderful together as they are.
K. Tipton, Johnson City, Tenn.

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