The makers of the Oxford Dictionary say the passage of marriage equality in the UK is ushering in a change in the dictionary definition of the word. Gay Star News reports:
The world’s most renowned dictionary of the English language has said the definition of ‘marriage’ will change to include gay people. The home of the Oxford English Dictionary, England, has recently passed a law allowing same-sex couples to get married. While the definition and the law did not change simultaneously, the brains behind the words say they will monitor how the word marriage changes over the next year.
‘It’s worth pointing out that, as the OED is distinct from other dictionaries in being a historical record of the language, meanings of the past will remain, even while language changes and new ones are added.’
So foes of marriage equality need not fear – it’s still the same old word you’ve always known – just with some new additions.