A young man by the name of Mike Raven has started a petition to correct the Dictionary.com definition of marriage. Raven is a current MFA graduate student of Full Sail University and resident of Newmarket, NH.
Raven mentions that the website’s current definition of marriage, “a social institution under which man and woman establish their decision to live together as husband and wife by legal commitments, religious ceremonies, etc.” compared to the definition of same-sex marriage, “a similar institution involving partners of the same sex” is a mere “separate but ‘equal’ styled wording and placement.”
With roughly 50 million visitors per month, Raven would like dictionary.com to correct their definition of the word ‘marriage’ in this way: “Two consenting adults, entering into a life-long relationship as husband and wife, husband and husband, or wife and wife, based on love and commitment.”
Raven states, “By correcting the definition, we could affect legal arguments. We could affect naysayer’s perception. We could raise awareness in a positive way and reinvigorate the energy of those who’d like to see a different, better world. And we can finally call ‘gay marriage’ what it should be called: marriage.”
Raven mentions that he started this campaign for three reasons; his love and fascination with words, his frustration that the fight for marriage equality is still going on, and most of all, from the love he has for his twin sister, who is currently in a committed, loving, same-sex relationship.
The petition has already reached over 100,000 signatures, and the number continues to rise every day. The story has also been picked up by websites such as the Huffington Post, Advocate.com, Instinct Magazine, as well as other online publications.
Please click here to see the petition online. Mike Raven can be reached at rave86(at)gmail.com or 843-696-0516.