Dermot O’Callaghan in Belfast Telegraph
August 16, 2017

Dear Editor,

Fionola Meredith’s headline (11 August) urges Arlene Foster to do ‘the right thing over gay marriage’.  But gay marriage would be like a ‘gateway’ drug, opening the way to various societal harms.  It would lead to incest (cousin/cousin, brother/brother, father/son and hence father/daughter), bigamy (if you can change the definition of marriage once, you can do it twice – and why not, if all you need is love?) and general undermining of marriage.  Traditional marriage promotes social cohesion, ensuring that a child will be brought up by its biological parents; gay marriage guarantees that it will not.

In 2000 Hillary Clinton said, “Marriage has got historic, religious and moral content that goes back to the beginning of time, and I think a marriage is as a marriage has always been, between a man and a woman.”  As recently as 2008, Barack Obama said, “I am not in favour of gay marriage”.  They changed their positions for reasons of political expediency.  I hope that Arlene will put a higher value on her personal integrity despite the disrespectful comments of the media.

Yours faithfully,

Dermot O’Callaghan

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