I am sat in the car with two four-year-olds and two seven-year-olds and they are discussing love. They get on to the topic of marriage and one of the children says:
"Women and men get married."
To which one of the others replies: "Yes, and did you know that men can marry men, and women can marry women?"
Everyone confirms that they do know this and so the conversation switches to Power Rangers and who's daddy has got the smelliest bottom or something equally important.
Some weeks later I am at a church hall at the end of a Scout parade (a parade that one of my children took part in - I don't just hang out at these things!), the hall is full so I stand in the reception area and amongst all the posters advertising cake sales for charity and services for families and children, there's a publication called the 'Pro-Life Times' which has a headline screaming words to the effect that damage on an unspeakable scale will happen to children if they are taught in schools that equal marriage is ok.
As someone who is not homophobic and as a person who believes strongly that women