If you would like to submit a contribution to our Readers Blog section then follow this link. Be sure to include your full name, address and contact number otherwise your submission will not be considered for publication. We will contact you prior to publication.

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

© Irish Examiner Ltd. All rights reserved

Email Updates

Receive our lunchtime briefing straight to your inbox

More in this Section

Readers Blog: Central Bank forgiving of regulatory failures

Readers Blog: We commend County Board for Confederate flag stance

Readers Blog: Naivety at the heart of Confederate flag furore

Uphill battle for pro-choice campaigners


Breaking Stories

Bus trip times drop by 40% after traffic limits brought into centre of Dublin

Two in hospital following 'serious' traffic accident in Cork

Dublin syndicate collects €500k Lotto Plus 1 winnings after 30 years trying

Ireland to double diplomat numbers in eight years, Taoiseach announces

Lifestyle

The Islands of Ireland: Knight to remember on Clare Island

This is what it's like to search for a home in Dublin

How slowing down your travel can enhance your holiday

Remembering Joe Strummer's early visits to Ireland

More From The Irish Examiner