Tuesday 6 December 2016

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.

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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.

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