Why marriage of man and woman is sacrosanct
It is universally accepted that "best practice" for the well-being of a child, its parents and society is for that child to be raised in a family with its biological parents.
We know this is not always attainable and acknowledge the great care given to children by adoptive and foster parents and by often heroic single parents.
Nonetheless, the gift of a mother and a father to a child is something that should never be prejudiced or undermined.
The Irish constitution says: "The State pledges itself to guard with special care the institution of marriage, on which the family is founded, and to protect it against attack." (Article 43.1.1.).
This legal, binding pledge is not made on religious grounds, but because: "The State recognises the family as the natural, primary and fundamental unit group of society and as a moral institution possessing inalienable and imprescriptible rights, antecedent and superior to all positive law." (Article 41.1.1).
Marriage between a man and a woman deserves to be protected and maintained.
DANA ROSEMARY SCALLON
Claregalway, Co Galway