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  •  As with all living languages, the definition (1+ / 0-)
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    in dictionaries is already changing as usage changes. (Emphasis added)

       a. The legal union of a man and woman as husband and wife,
           and in some jurisdictions, between two persons of the                  same sex, usually entailing legal obligations of each person             to the other.
       b. A similar union of more than two people; a polygamous marriage.
       c. A union between persons that is recognized by custom or    religious tradition as a marriage.
       d. A common-law marriage.
       e. The state or relationship of two adults who are married
    2. A wedding.
    3. A close union: "the most successful marriage of beauty and blood in mainstream comics" (Lloyd Rose).
    4. Games The combination of the king and queen of the same suit, as in pinochle.
    There are also medical, legal and financial dictionaries on that site. It is not uncommon for the same word to have different connotations if not completely different meanings.  My favorite funny and sad example.

    OB doc was called to check on the progress of a woman in labor. After a vaginal check of the cervix and the baby's head, he pulled off the gloves and said 'She's not even engaged." {Referring to "The entrance of the fetal head or presenting part into the upper opening of the maternal pelvis."}

    As he walked out the door, the woman burst into tears saying:    
    "But, but I am married."

    I don't see the problem of using the legal word for a relationship that has everything heterosexual marriages have except opposite gender partners. There is a reality that 11,000 laws nationwide would need to be changed to add 'civil union' or replace marriage.

    Ultimately, I think the entirety of marriage far beyond the legal definition, is a huge part of our culture, literature, art, etc. To deny the word is just as exclusionary as denying the legal status, even if intangible.

    "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

    by Ginny in CO on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 03:43:06 PM PDT

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