Oxford Dictionary Considering Updating Definition of Marriage
With a kiss and a signature on their marriage license, Jessica and La Henri Mattox are now the legally wedded couple they’ve always wanted to be.
They don’t need anyone else to define their union, but the folks at England’s Oxford University Press – those behind the Oxford English dictionary – are reportedly re-considering what their pages should say after the word “marriage.”
Right now, in the English and American versions, the definition of marriage reads “the legal union between a man and a woman.”
But, with the legalization of same-sex marriage just a week old in the U.K. – and the first weddings expected next summer – the definition may expand in what’s billed as the world’s most renowned dictionary of the English language.
Ivory Tolliver of Del Paso Heights says he has no problem with an updated definition because he believes you are who you are right from the start.
“When I was that age … that little girl … I knew I liked little girls. That means to me I was born that way. Some people believe that it’s choice. No, I don’t think so,” he said.
Jim Kilgore of Pine Grove disagrees with that and with any new marriage definition.
“They have a right to do what they want to, but that’s not our lifestyle,” he offered.
But Jim Kilgore’s wife of 56 years says marriage and life have changed her thoughts.
“I don’t know that I honestly feel that way anymore. With everyone you see on TV and you’re talking to and the unhappiness you see with them, so I really don’t care,” said Gale.
If the Oxford folks take a cue from Canada, gender could be removed from the marriage definition altogether.
The Canada Space Dictionary says marriage is the state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life ‘(or until divorce).’