Letter: Let me marry

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ANNE McElvoy's masterful column on marriage and families (Section 2, 8 February) raises the paradox that the very people who object to the bossy "nanny state" are often those who want the state to bully its citizens into marrying. The paradox goesfurther: these same people are also opposed to allowing me to marry, however much I want to. McElvoy says marriage is a "celebration of love and a public sign of commitment". As a gay man I am deemed unworthy of such things. There are thousands of gay people who would love to boost the marriage statistics - if the pro-marriage brigade would only let us.

D Bishop

Brussels, Belgium