Same-sex marriage removes biological identity

Suzanne Harrington (Life/Style, Feb 11) says same-sex marriage is as good a milieu for raising children as heterosexual marriage, provided they receive “love, security and respect”.

Yes, these are of central importance, but children also need identity, genealogy, healthy parental role models, and the support of the biological extended family, which includes grandparents, siblings and other blood relations.

Both the statistics and common experience attest that children fare best in life when they know who they came from, have a belonging that is both cultural and biological, grow up with a model of married life that is a reference for their own future relationships, and enjoy the support of the extended biological family.

Children should be the subject of rights and not the objects, which is what they have become for campaigners of gay marriage.

The real equality issue is that every child should have the optimum start in life and not be born into partial orphanhood with a missing, anonymous parent whose only motivation for their existence is financial gain.

Despite what Suzanne Harrington might think, same-sex marriage is not progress. It is a radical rupture with everything that secured the protection and well-being of children.

This is social engineering, not social progress, and focuses on the demands of a minority, with a disregard for the social consequences.

Margaret Hickey
Blarney
Co Cork

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