John M. Becker

Oxford English Dictionary Adopting Inclusive Marriage

Filed By John M. Becker | July 24, 2013 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality
Tags: definition of marriage, dictionary, equal marriage, gay marriage, marriage equality, Oxford English Dictionary, same-sex marriage

wedding_rings.jpgThe venerable Oxford English Dictionary will adopt an inclusive definition of the word "marriage" in an upcoming edition, according to a report from Gay Star News.

In an interview with GSN's Joe Morgan, a spokeswoman for Oxford University Press confirmed that the OED's current, exclusionary definition of marriage (a "formal union of a man and a woman, typically as recognized by law, by which they become husband and wife") will be changed:

We continually monitor the words in our dictionaries, paying particular to those words whose usage is shifting, so yes, this will happen with marriage.

The spokeswoman added, "We are constantly monitoring usage in this area in order to consider what revisions and updates we may need to make." She did not, however, commit to a specific timetable for the change, although Morgan's report says that the word will be monitored over the next year.

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