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I'm a grand­fa­ther, too, Bruce Ron­alds ("Need For Rea­son" Gazette 8/9), and I too, have read many books to my grand­chil­dren, as well as count­less num­bers in my 45 years as a pri­mary school teacher.

How­ever it has never oc­curred to me to base my be­liefs on same sex mar­riage on any of them.

You claim you have not seen one rea­soned ar­gu­ment from 'yes' sup­port­ers, de­spite the many that have been pre­sented and sup­ported by the ma­jor­ity of our com­mu­nity.

It is hard to con­vince one who has a closed mind, but try this.

I have taught tens of thousands of chil­dren, a sig­nif­i­cant pro­por­tion of whom are un­doubt­edly gay. If I can do any­thing now to pro­mote their psy­cho­log­i­cal well be­ing and help to al­le­vi­ate the alarm­ing and ab­so­lutely tragic sui­cide rate among the gay com­mu­nity, then I will de­ter­minedly do it. How about you, Bruce - any in­ter­est there?

This is sub­stance, Bruce - not us­ing fur­phies as ar­gu­ments - such as the ef­fects on chil­dren. Gay peo­ple al­ready have chil­dren, and in the fu­ture will con­tinue, or not, to do so. A mar­riage cer­tifi­cate will not af­fect this.

Do chil­dren fare bet­ter with a fa­ther and a mother? I have taught chil­dren from all sorts of fam­ily sit­u­a­tions, in­clud­ing sin­gle par­ents, het­ero­sex­ual and ho­mo­sex­ual re­la­tion­ships. Dys­func­tion has no par­tic­u­lar claim on any sit­u­a­tion. If you dis­agree please pro­vide ev­i­dence.

As for the claim that mar­riage is about chil­dren, Janet, Wendy and He­len, I'm just not sure how you tell the count­less married but child­less cou­ples, by choice or oth­er­wise, that their mar­riage lacks va­lid­ity.

Why should you vote yes, Bruce? In one word: ‘com­pas­sion.' I've read lots of chil­dren's books on this topic. John Duck, Trafal­gar

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