The marriage debate, some accuracy please
December 7, 2012 4 Comments
The debate over gay marriage (a term which, at best, only partially describes what is wanted) often falls into dissecting the meaning of the word ‘marriage’.
Now, I do not subscribe to the ‘it is Adam and Eve and not Adam and Steve’ argument, although I am sensitive to the views of those for whom same-sex marriage is a sin. However, much that is legal is a sin in someone else’s eyes – smoking, drinking, gambling, sex outside of marriage, and eating meat, to name but a few things.
So, what is marriage?
Dictionary.com has this:
the social institution under which a man and woman establish their decision to live as husband and wife by legal commitments, religious ceremonies
It also has this:
a similar institution involving partners of the same gender
Oxford Dictionairies has this:
the formal union of a man and a woman, typically as recognized by law, by which they become husband and wife
It also has this:
(in some jurisdictions) a union between partners of the same sex
The Collins English Dictionary has this:
the state or relationship of living together in a legal partnership
the legal union or contract made by two people to live together
The Merriam-Webster has this:
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
The Free Dictionary has this:
a. The legal union of a man and woman as husband and wife, and in some jurisdictions, between two persons of the same sex, usually entailing legal obligations of each person to the other.
This is a random selection, and you get the picture. Marriage is defined as the union between a male and female, as well as the union between persons of the same sex. Let’s have some accuracy in the debate, please.