OED to include same sex unions in definition of “marriage”

The Oxford English Dictionary is to change its definition of marriage after a law authorising same-sex weddings passed its final hurdle last month. Currently, the dictionary includes a reference to same-sex marriage being legal “in some jurisdictions”, but this move is expected to amend the entry itself. “We continually monitor the words in our dictionaries, paying particular [attention] […]

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Meaning Something by Marriage

This is a momentous article: I’m changing the meaning of the word “article” – indeed, of writing itself. Or so some opponents of same-sex marriage would have it. Often heard in debates about the proposed legislation is the objection that it changes the meaning of marriage. Those who offer this argument, let’s call them ‘semanticists’, […]

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