Geoffrey Alderman’s article (We don’t want ‘equal marriage’, March 23) made me question just how far Jews and gays and lesbians have come in the post-war era. The answer? Not as far as we thought.
What the government is proposing is not equal marriage but equal civil marriage. Although the Liberal Synagogue performs ceremonies for lesbian and gay couples, the full chuppah service will remain as it is, only available to heterosexual couples. It is unlikely that the United Synagogue and similar traditions would permit a religious service for gay and lesbian couples even if British law did recognise this, and, at present the chief rabbi has not yet stated his view. Perhaps he will if the government presents a bill before he leaves office. Or perhaps, as his counterpart Archbishop Williams has found, silence on this matter may be the best policy.
The examples Alderman states are either a bad joke or sarcasm. His arguments demeans marriage, whether gay or straight. The granting of a right you cherish to someone you don’t approve of is the fundamental basis for living in a democratic country. If Alderman could provide one example of where gay marriage has led to incestuous marriage perhaps he could back up his argument. Jonathan Fraser firstname.lastname@example.org