It’s an Easter miracle (early)! In an unanimous ruling Iowa’s highest court upheld a lower-court’s ruling that marriage should not be defined as only between a man and a woman. This makes Iowa the third state in the nation to allow same-sex marriage and the first in the nation’s Midwestern “Heartland” states. Iowa’s same-sex couples will be allowed to legally marry starting April 24.
And just because you might not be living in Iowa, don’t think that there’s no marriage equality love for you. Following suit with other dictionary-makers, Merriam-Webster has expanded its definition of the word marriage. (Of course, this has bigots tearing their hair out.)
“We were one of the last ones among the major dictionary publishers to do this,” said Merriam-Webster spokesman Arthur Bicknell.
Boston-based Houghton-Mifflin, publisher of the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, modified its definition of marriage in 2000, adding a fourth example to the entry: “A union between two persons having the customary but usually not the legal force of marriage: a same-sex marriage.”
The Oxford English Dictionary this month added in a draft version that the term sometimes refers to “long-term relationships between partners of the same sex.” Its editors also have proposed updating the primary sense of the word to mean “the condition of being a husband or wife; the relation between persons married to each other; matrimony.”