Oxford Dictionary May Tweak Definition of Marriage
Press says usage 'is shifting'
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jul 26, 2013 11:41 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Conservatives have been warning for years that gay couples were trying to "redefine" marriage—and now they may literally have. The Oxford English Dictionary has announced that it will be reviewing its definition of marriage, which currently refers to "a formal union of a man and a woman," the Oxford University Press tells the Gay Star News. The move comes as gay marriage is now legal in the OED's native Britain.

"We continually monitor the words in our dictionaries ... in order to consider what revisions and updates we may need to make ... paying particular [attention] to those words whose usage is shifting, so yes, this will happen with marriage," a press spokeswoman said. She also pointed out, however, that the OED preserves and includes all historical definitions of words, so the old man-and-woman meaning will, in some sense, live on.

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ShoeMart
Jul 27, 2013 11:34 AM CDT
That depends on what the meaning of the word "is" is. . . Change print all you want, marriage is and will always be what it has always been: a union intended to propagate the species. Anything else is illegitimate.
NobodyKnows
Jul 26, 2013 2:23 PM CDT
When you try to reason with the Christian Right Wing, remember you are talking to people who protested teaching students yoga in physical education because they thought it was a religion.
ChopperPilot
Jul 26, 2013 2:17 PM CDT
""We continually monitor the words in our dictionaries ... in order to consider what revisions and updates we may need to make ... paying particular [attention] to those words whose usage is shifting, so yes, this will happen with marriage," a press spokeswoman said. She also pointed out, however, that the OED preserves and includes all historical definitions of words, so the old man-and-woman meaning will, in some sense, live on." Um, same-sex marriages and marriages of more than two people predate the English language......and they're just NOW finally catching up?