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posted Friday, August 30 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 35
You could look it up - Oxford Dictionary's 'marriage' definition now includes same-sex spouses
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You could look it up - Oxford Dictionary's 'marriage' definition now includes same-sex spouses

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

At first glance this news brief might not seem like a big deal. But it is: the Oxford English Dictionary, the largest and most renowned dictionary of the English language, has changed its definition of marriage to include same-sex couples. This means that millions of children around the world will be brought up with a definition of marriage that is LGBT-inclusive.

The addendum, first reported on August 25 by Gay Star News, was effective immediately on the Oxford Dictionary's website (www.oed.com) and will be printed in every future edition.

On the website, 'marriage' is defined primarily as 'the formal union of a man and a woman, typically as recognized by law, by which they become husband and wife,' with a note that 'in some jurisdictions' marriage is also 'a formal union between partners of the same sex.'

'We continually monitor the words in our dictionaries, paying particular attention to those words whose usage is shifting, so yes, this will happen with marriage,' an OED spokesperson told GSN.

In July, Queen Elizabeth II signed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in England, Scotland, and Wales. Marriages will start in 2014.

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