Couple's commitment is what's important
Published 11/04/2011 | 05:00
David Quinn's comments about gay marriage (Irish Independent, April 8) were thoughtful, but wrong. The presence of children has little to do with marriage -- a childless wife is still a wife, as much as a gay dad is still a dad.
In Mr Quinn's view, it would seem that all childless couples should be forced to divorce to prevent them lessening his notion of marriage as an institution only for the raising of children by a mother and a father.
Legally, a marriage does not require either children or a genuinely loving relationship in order to be fulfilled. Conversely, a long-lasting relationship between two adults and the whole-hearted commitment of an adult to care for children are neither strengthened nor lessened by the parties signing a contract.