Modest adjustment

I confess at being taken aback by the somewhat militant response of some of your correspondents to Heather Juniper's letter arguing for traditional marriage. Clearly Ms Juniper hit a nerve. This may be partly explained by the fact that in living memory it was possible for a man to take a 12-year-old girl in the traditional marriage she is seeking to maintain.

Traditional marriage has evolved since families traded money and goods as part of the nuptial preparations and marriage equality represents a very modest adjustment when compared to most of those changes.

Marriage is not owned by any particular section of society. It is an institution which belongs to all of us. The idea that one group of people should be able to exclude another group is surely preposterous.

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