Christian Web News – The new definition of “marriage” is the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife. It also includes “the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage.”
One commenter on the YouTube site said it’s just part of the campaign by homosexual activists to take control of the definition of the word and make it align with their goals.
“The word ‘marriage’ has never been synonymous with same sex relationships,” said the forum participant. “What is happening is the meaning is being changed to trigger it becoming synonymous, not the other way round.”
A dictionary version from 1913 that has been posted online not only didn’t mention same-sex “marriage,” it supplemented its definition of traditional marriage with references from the Bible.
“Marriage,” it said, is “the act of marrying, or the state of being married; legal union of a man and a woman for life, as husband and wife … Marriage is honorable in all. Heb. xiii.4.”
It also references a quote from “Matt. xxii. 2,” “The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king which made a marriage for his son.”
But today, even the basic Webster’s New World College Dictionary lists “same-sex marriage,” and the Learner’s Dictionary cites “a similar relationship between people of the same sex.”
Webster declined to comment.
“We often hear from people who believe that we are promoting – or perhaps failing to promote – a particular social or political agenda when we make choices about what words to include in the dictionary and how those words should be defined,” associate editor Kory Stamper wrote in response.
“We hear such criticism from all parts of the political spectrum. We’re genuinely sorry when an entry in – or an omission from – one of our dictionaries is found to be offensive or upsetting, but we can’t allow such considerations to deflect us from our primary job as lexicographers.”
Stamper justified the redefinition as well.
“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,” Stamper wrote.
Source: Christian Web News