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New York Law School

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Dictionary Definition of Marriage Has Changed!

Dictionary As we all know, there is a revolution going on in the law with respect to the recognition of gay marriages. Therefore, it is not surprising that the dictionary definition of marriage has now been changed-at least according to Merriam-Webster. The new definition provides as follows:

Main Entry: mar·riage 
Pronunciation: \'mer-ij, 'ma-rij\ 
Function: noun 
Etymology: Middle English mariage, from Anglo-French, from marier to marry 
Date: 14th century 

1 a (1): the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law (2): the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage <same-sex marriage> b: the mutual relation of married persons : wedlock c: the institution whereby individuals are joined in a marriage2: an act of marrying or the rite by which the married status is effected ; especially : the wedding ceremony and attendant festivities or formalities3: an intimate or close union <the marriage of painting and poetry — J. T. Shawcross> (emphasis added to subdivision 2 above)

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