Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Gay marriage is a threat to our society

Adrienne Peltz is very sweeping in her statement that "equality is a right", therefore gays should be allowed to "marry" on equality grounds (Write Back, February 11).

Same-sex relationships are different intrinsically from traditional ones, so can never be considered the same.

Marriage is much more than a contract based on loving feelings and to reduce it to that changes the whole nature of something that has existed from time immemorial.

Once you take away the natural complementarity of the sexes and their union, you are unleashing the removal of the foundation on which democratic society is built.

To speak of a "large section of our population" feeling like second-class citizens is plain wrong. Government statistics have shown that just over 1% of people in the UK consider themselves homosexual and, of that 1%, only 39% think same-sex marriage is necessary. A long way from "a large section", I'd say.

STELLA WILSON

Tandragee, Co Armagh

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