Letter: Flawed family values

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The Independent Online
Sir: John Major says his 'back to basics' policy is not about dictating personal morality. Why, then, does the Government refuse officially to endorse an equal age of consent, which would remove the moralistic legal restrictions on young gay men?

Many of the Prime Minister's Conservative colleagues claim, of course, that their opposition to an equal age of consent is based on support for 'family values'. Since when has prejudice and discrimination against gay teenagers been a family value? What happened to love and tolerance?

Yours faithfully,

PETER TATCHELL

London, SE1

16 January

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