By Larbi Arbaoui
By Larbi Arbaoui
Morocco World News
Taroudant, Morocco, April 11, 2013
Le Petit Larousse, a French-language encyclopedic dictionary published by Éditions Larousse, modified the definition of marriage in its 2014 edition (published June 2013), to take into account the same sex bill currently under consideration in France.
Previous editions of Le Petit Larousse defined marriage as “a solemn act whereby a man and a woman establish between themselves a union…”. The forthcoming edition defines marriage as “solemn act by which two persons of different sex or same sex establish between themselves a union…”
Editions Larousse published a disclaimer on their website stating that “the revision of the definition of marriage in the 2014 edition of the dictionary is not associated with a position in the debate now underway in France; rather, it was revised in accordance with the factual record of the modification of legal registration marriages in a number of countries (including six in the European Union) that have recognized marriage between individuals of the same sex”.
Since 2009, a number of dictionaries, including The American Heritage Dictionary, Black’s Law Dictionary, the Webster’s Dictionary and Oxford English Dictionary, have all added same-sex unions to their definition of marriage.
The online Oxford dictionary defines marriage as “the formal union of a man and a woman, typically as recognized by law, by which they become husband and wife.” However, they add a sub-entry stating that: “in some jurisdictions, a union between partners of the same sex”.
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