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Facts are confused on equal marriage age

Published 12/08/2016

The letter on equal marriage by Stella Wilson (Write Back, August 10) was very reasonable at the start, but the hysterical claims about under-age marriage at the end need to be repudiated.

I am not aware of any supporter of equal marriage speaking in favour of under-age marriage and, indeed, the Republic of Ireland, which recently voted for equal marriage, has a higher age of consent than Northern Ireland (at 17).

In any case, it was the opponents of equal marriage in the DUP who reduced the age of consent for gay sex in Northern Ireland to 16, rather than equalising the age of consent for both gay and heterosexual sex at 17.

In today's world, the joint mortgage probably provides as much stability for a relationship as a marriage contract (and is probably just as complex to uncouple).



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