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More than 6,000 demand correction to definition of marriage

May 23, 2012 O&AN Staff Reports   Comments

WASHINGTON, DC – More than 6,000 people have signed Mike Raven’s Change.org petition urging Dictionary.com to correct its definition of the word “marriage” to be more inclusive of gay and lesbian couples.

Raven, an MFA student in creative writing who lives in New Hampshire, said that he started his campaign after North Carolina passed a constitutional amendment banning gay and lesbian couples from getting married.

“I started this campaign, in part, from my love and fascination with words; and most of all, from the love I have for my twin sister Ashley, who is gay,” Mike explained, “I decided that if this whole argument comes down to an intangible definition, then it’s time for that definition to be corrected.”

Dictionary.com sees nearly 50 million visitors a month, with millions of words looked up each day. When visitors look up “marriage,” they find two separate definitions, one for heterosexual couples and one for gay and lesbian couples.

“There is only one kind of marriage, and that’s one between two loving adults: husband and wife, husband and husband, or wife and wife,” Raven said. “Regardless of gender, marriage only needs one definition.”

“Mike Raven’s desire to advocate for his twin sister has inspired thousands of people to join him in asking Dictionary.com to correct its definition of marriage to be fully inclusive of same-sex couples,” said Joe Mirabella, campaign manager at Change.org.

Those interest can sign the petition at www.change.org/petitions/dictionary-com-correct-the-definition-of-marriage


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