Sunday, March 22, 2009

There Is Such A Thing As "Same-sex Marriage: It's In the Dictionary!

Webster's dictionary redefines 'marriage'
Now includes references to same-sex relationships

The new definition references "marriage" as the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife. But the definition also includes "the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage."

This is pretty disturbing. It seems like those having a so-called "same-sex marriage" agenda --news media, academia, the entertainment industry -- are not above redefining terms in the most definitive of references to foist their views on the vast majority of us who otherwise wouldn't dream of this on our own. But then again, they feel they need to force this on the rest of us that are, comparatively speaking, unwashed and unenlightened. Those who control the airwaves know that whoever defines the terms, wins the argument.

According to the article, Webster associate editor Kory Stamper justified the redefinition:
"In recent years, this new sense of 'marriage' has appeared frequently and consistently throughout a broad spectrum of carefully edited publications, and is often used in phrases such as 'same-sex marriage' and 'gay marriage' by proponents and opponents alike. Its inclusion was a simple matter of providing our readers with accurate information about all of the word's current uses."

This is the weak argument that just because people widely utilize this term in published works and casual conversation, it merits conclusion in the dictionary as a recognized use of the term. But it goes beyond this, in that, as set forth in the dictionary entry, it is presented-- not as a colloquialism to be used in quotes or prefaced by a "so-called" ______ --but as a non-qualified, alternative definition of the word "marriage," a term (and state) perennially reserved in Western Civilization for the permanent and exclusive relationship between one man and one woman.

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