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-Gay Marriage–Now it’s in the Dictionary!

by Dr. D ~ March 20th, 2009

Cover of "The Merriam-Webster Dictionary&...

While gay activists are fighting to have same-sex marriages recognized in the states and the whole country and Christians are countering with support for traditional marriage between a man and a woman, apparently the war is already over and the homosexuals have won on at least one front–the dictionary.

For years marriage has been defined as: 

“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.”

Now in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary used in most schools and colleges as second definition appears:

“the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage.”

This is nothing new, we are just playing catch-up here, apparently the Canadian Oxford Dictionary changed its definition of marriage in 2003 to read

“the legal or religious union of two people.”

Here is an able response on the issue from Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary:

“We did not invent marriage; it is the God-ordained covenant that unites a man and a woman in the monogamous marital union, establishes a new household, and liberates the married couple to enjoy all the benefits – and bear all the responsibilities – of married life and parenthood. Homosexual activists may win in the courts and in the dictionary, but they cannot reverse reality.”

Response: I wonder who was responsible for the change. Who really has the power to make such arbitrary changes? Some editorial board under pressure from gay activists? They claim that they made the change because of increasing references in print referring to same-sex ‘marriage’.

Well I for one will be applying the only pressure and recourse that I have at my disposal–by using other competing dictionaries from now on.

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