Special treatment? No, simply equality
How very magnanimous of David Evans to advise gay people in his letter to accept civil partnership rather than the full equality of marriage ("Be satisfied with civil partnership", Mailbox, March 11).
As a gay man who has committed to a civil partnership after 17 years of living with my life partner, I find his comments not only derogatory but very patronising and naive.
As his comments clearly show, he has never experienced life as a second class citizen, faced discrimination, harassment or violent attack by other people, simply for being perceived as being different. In his comments "same sex couples have civil partnership – let them be content with that" he clearly justifies the point entirely why we should never "be content with that".
I am a British citizen, born in the UK.
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I have worked all my adult life for the NHS, serving the British public. I have paid my taxes and National Insurance contributions and, all being well, hope to continue this until I eventually retire (if allowed to!).
I never question where my contributions go or dictate how they are spent.
I accept that most of the money I have paid into the system I will never get back myself.
I am more than willing to pay for services that I myself will possibly never use (such as schools, having no children of my own – yet).
I do so willingly, indiscriminately caring for all under my care, all for the greater good of the nation and for the bettering of society that I am part of.
I don't expect "special" treatment, but what I do expect is equality.
Let me remind you, Mr Evans, of a lesson from history – the example of what happened to a person who offered similar advice of "let them eat cake".
Vive la revolution!
Philip Johnson, Braunstone Town.