A democratic maxim

I would like to comment on the letter regarding gay marriage in your June 6, edition.

Firstly I must commend your correspondent on his candid views and agree that it is quite wrong to despise anyone because of their sexual orientation.

May I also say that I have friends who are gay, and while not agreeing with their lifestyle, they will always be friends no matter what.

The gay marriage debate is not about equality but definition, namely of marriage.

Now as everyone knows marriage is the joining together of a man and a woman for life (hopefully) and again hopefully (but sadly not always) for the procreation of children. That is simply what it is.

The recent legislation re-defines this ancient ordinance in a way that is not real, that was uncalled for and has resulted in division and discord within our nation.

I should go on to say that there is a general undercurrent against anyone who suggests that a choice of gay behaviour is less than best (for those who chose, but have not been born with this desire).

Recently the ‘Core Issues Trust’ wished to place an advert on London buses saying that some people were ‘ex gay and post gay’, a follow-up to the many adverts on London buses saying that some people are gay.

This innocent (and true) advert was censored by Borris Johnson and Transport for London.

Where, we may ask, is that wonderful democratic maxim ‘I don’t agree with a word you say but I defend your right to say it’?

Perhaps it disappeared with the last government.

John Holwell

Seahouses