I just noticed a definition of “marriage” on dictionary.reference.com; it begins:
(broadly) any of the diverse forms of interpersonal union established in various parts of the world to form a familial bond that is recognized legally, religiously, or socially . . .
What happened to the simple definition? Consider the following:
The formal union of a man and a woman as husband and wife
Everybody recognizes that traditional marriage relationship, but what word do we now have, in the English language, for that relationship? Adahmeve.
Legal “marriage” between a man and another man, or between a woman and another woman—that is irrelevant. “Adahmeve,” although holding no legal standing from any government authority, refers specifically to marriage between a man and a woman, pointing only to that husband-wife relationship.
When before, in human history, has any government forced a vocabulary change as dramatic as that of eliminating the long-standing definition of a word so basic to society? What word, in all societies of the planet, has been more important, to the existence of human societies, than the word “marriage?” Why has the meaning been changed? The principle is unchangeable: Adahmeve (marriage between a man and a woman) often makes possible the creation of human life.
Religious Significance of Adahmeve
What major religion in the world does not recognize the importance of traditional marriage, what we now call “adameve?” It is the foundation of all major long-term societies, with the destruction of societies normally following the abandonment of respect for the husband-wife relationship.
The gate is narrow and the road is straight, for those who would approach God, according to Jesus Christ, as recorded in the New Testament. When the subject of divorce came up, the Savior told the people that in the beginning (meaning with Adam and Eve, as a married couple) God did not provide divorce. The Divine plan was for a man and a woman, after becoming married, to remain close without any permanent separation.
Of course that requires working out differences together in marriage. God does not promise anything will be easy in this mortal life. But as we follow the Divine plan, we can experience joys that are worth the difficulties that we encounter on the way. “Same sex marriage” is contrary to Divine law and God’s purposes for his children. If a person does not presently have the natural feelings necessary for traditional marriage, that person can exercise faith in God and be patient, waiting for the redemption that will come, whether in this life or in the next.
What the Supreme Court probably failed to realize is this: With so many groups and portions of so many societies redefining “marriage,” what word will we have for the husband-wife relationship?