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The film tells the story of a married man coming to terms with his homosexuality and the love triangle that develops between him, his wife and another man. Making Love was the first mainstream Hollywood drama to address the subjects of homosexuality, coming out and the effect that being closeted and coming out has on a marriage. Issues of the tension many women felt over pursuing careers are also touched on in Claire's fears that she is being forced to choose between her career and having a baby. By the film's end, she does have a child, but it is unstated whether she is still working, so that issue ultimately remains unresolved although it is implied she now is a housewife. Making Love was one of several mainstream Hollywood films to be released in dealing with themes of homosexuality in a more tolerant and sympathetic light.