Sunday 18 February 2018

Couple's commitment is what's important

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.

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