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Thomas Cahalan and Nicholas Nelson, from Dublin, the second couple to be legally joined under the country's new civil partnership legislation

Thomas Cahalan and Nicholas Nelson, from Dublin, the second couple to be legally joined under the country's new civil partnership legislation

Thomas Cahalan and Nicholas Nelson, from Dublin, the second couple to be legally joined under the country's new civil partnership legislation

DAVID Quinn's article (Irish Independent, April 8) equating supporting gay marriage to denying the value of motherhood and fatherhood was ill-informed and offensive.

One of the reasons gay people are seeking marriage is that we want to be recognised as loving family groups and to give our children a protected relationship.

The article was a disturbing attack on non-traditional families. There are single-parent families raising their children in a loving environment. Are those families not good enough because they don't comprise a mother and father? And what of adopted children seeking their biological parents? Is adoption devaluing traditional family values too?

Cathy Blake

Castlebar, co Mayo

Irish Independent