So Jan Morris mocks David Watson, (or his letter), I suggest, not because it espouses values but, in fact, reality. Both writers have made valid points but to mock or smear get us nowhere.
To point out the obvious "marriage equality", as it is being espoused today, for a child, means no quality at all, because it takes a man and a woman to make a child, train it and give it the values and security of both as and when needed. Yes, I take the point that many have had to raise a child as a single parent and have done so very well. The issue here is, does the child have any rights to expect a real father/mother situation in the normal course of life to protect his/her person? That is the real reason for marriage laws. They are so basic to the well being of society that there should be no change without a full referendum of ALL the people within our Australian family. Parliamentarians are prone to pressure, the polling booth less so.
I'll be the first to admit that marriage and family are under extreme pressure these days owing to the cost of living as allowed by our "financial experts". The reality is we should be requiring some right results from these experts so that the reality of the value of today's massive production systems are released to each unique (never equal) individual and thereby release marriages from that destructive and needless pressure.
As a farmer I have never seen "marriage equality" work in the bull or the heifer paddock. Neither ever produced a calf. Reality demands first and foremost quality and security for each and every child and we should therefore be looking for ways to take the pressure off families, not looking for our own personal escapist idealism.