OPINION: Gay is not a choice. It does not deny children love

OPINION: I DO not understand how legalising gay marriage should be an issue.

There seems to be this societal predetermined misconception that if homosexual matrimony were legalised, more people would "choose" this way of life.

Let me just say this once: being gay is not a choice.

Legalising gay marriage will not 'validate and promote' the homosexual lifestyle, nor will it deny a child access to a mother and father.

I actually believe children who grow up in an open-minded, supportive and inclusive environment are far better off than those who would be shunned for stepping outside of what should be "normal".

How do I know? I am one of them.

My name is Louise Starkey, and I have spent the past 14 years of my "normal" life with a mum, a dad, a little brother and my mum's female partner. In separate houses of course, but you get the point.

I would consider myself a prime example that a child would be okay if homosexual matrimony were to be legalised.

Do I consider my family normal? Yes. Has having a gay mother affected my way of life? Not in the slightest. Do I feel unloved, threatened or feel the urge to "choose" that way of life? Don't be stupid.

It would not surprise me if Gen Yers, like myself, remain unmarried due to watching the relations between heterosexual parents crumble.

If we can't enjoy it, why should we deny happiness to a couple that could?