Redefining Marriage?


Today, I posted another response to a comment on the Slate magazine site about the California Supreme Court decision on gay marriage. This Slate commentary thread is at:

http://fray.slate.com/discuss/forums/thread/1270594.aspx?ArticleID=2191530

Comment by user “TexasPete”: “Frankly it is not possible for gays to Marry without first re-defining the word marriage. Marriage by definition is a union between a man and a woman.”

Well, Pete, you got off to a bad start here, because your premise (that it is necessary to redefine the word marriage) is false and your “definition” is incorrect.

See Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary at:

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/marriage

Marriage is defined there as:

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>

That little detail having been dispensed with, can we now get on with giving everyone in this country the equal rights to which our constitution entitles them?

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