Letter: Another day, another 250,000 people on the planet

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The Independent Online
REMOVING 'all legal and cultural restraints upon lesbians and gay unions' (Letters, 4 September) would do little to curb world population growth if people's desire to have babies remained. Indeed, noted lesbian icons such as the tennis star Martina Navratilova have publically expressed a wish for a child. Through artificial insemination the means exist for them to become pregnant without intercourse.

Your correspondent should realise that cultural restraints cannot be changed overnight, especially when biological factors are also involved. Remember that prejudice against homosexuals continues, regardless of the legislation enacted in the 1960s.

Tim Mickleburgh

Grimsby, Lincolnshire