John Nicholson's letter (3 February) demonstrates the danger in today's society of excluding any standard of morality and giving priority to the desire of the individual.

It isn't an expression of homophobia to dispute the idea that physical homosexual relationships are equal or just as moral as heterosexual ones, particularly those within a stable loving marriage.

It is all too easy to dismiss any counter-arguments as bigoted and homophobic, but that is no help in understanding the fears of a large number of us.

We are on a downward slope if all activity is judged by the desire of the individual, regardless of its immorality.

It is not bigoted to believe sincerely that physical homosexual relationships are morally wrong and unnatural.

This is a moral position held not just by many Christians but by Muslims and many other religions and by many with no religion.

Parents and grandparents are fearful that certain elements within local authorities (and there are outrageous examples of this) will exploit young people's vulnerability when they are at an age of understanding their sexuality to suggest that physical homosexuality is equal to heterosexual relationships.

Section 28 forbids the exploitation and, contrary to the claims of some of the advocates to repeal it, does not deter teachers from dealing with bullying.

John Nicholson has a right to his view.

I think he is wrong but I am not homophobic for saying so.

AB Bagnall Practice business manager Derby