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Invent New Words For Gay Marriage And Spouses  
User currently onlineAirstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2764 posts, RR: 4
Posted (1 year 8 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2698 times:

One interesting thing about the gay marriage issue is that a lot of people who say they are opposed to gay marriage say they have no problems with civil unions/domestic partnerships, even that they support expanding the legal parameters of civil unions so that they are fully equivalent to marriage (hospital visitation, power o' attorney, etc). It is apparently the "M" word that sets some people off.

With that being so, I thought it would be fun to come up with a new word to describe the legal marriage-equivalent for same-sex partnerings. "Gayrriage" is the first one that comes to my mind but it's lame.

Even though I find myself no longer opposed to legalizing gay marriage, I frankly don't like it when a dude says "my husband." Does anyone want to try to invent a new word for a gay dude's...well, spouse; and/or of course one for lesbian spouses?

EDIT: Based on some of what I've read in the first five replies; I failed to make it clear that this thread is just for fun. I'm not advocating that legislative bodies should adopt new terminology instead of just legalizing gay marriage. Some states have done so and more are likely going to and I for one am not opposed to it.

I still think folks could just have some fun making up new words!!  

[Edited 2013-03-27 18:57:21]

[Edited 2013-03-27 18:58:05]


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User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21521 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (1 year 8 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2678 times:

Quoting Airstud (Thread starter):
Even though I find myself no longer opposed to legalizing gay marriage, I frankly don't like it when a dude says "my husband."

Just get used to it.


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 62
Reply 2, posted (1 year 8 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2678 times:

Gusband!


  



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User currently offlineKen777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8478 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (1 year 8 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2666 times:

Don't be afraid of change in this area. We used to be afraid of allowing women to vote - My mother was 10 years old before women could vote and both my kids were past the primary school years when the last state ratified the Amendment giving women the right to vote. It was even sooner when we finally passed equal rights laws. No more "White" and "COlored" signs on bathroom doors or water fountains.

We have gone through changes in the past that appeared "scary" to some, but looking back all we can really ask is why it took so long to correct those wrongs.

We don't need new "names" for "marriage" or "wife" or "husband". We need to let these citizens enjoy the same acceptance, legal rights and benefits (and responsibilities) that I have enjoyed for 44 years.

And, if the SCOTUS decides in favor of the Gay Side maybe we will rapidly develop the maturity to as why it also took so long.


User currently offlineiMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6340 posts, RR: 33
Reply 4, posted (1 year 8 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2663 times:

Quoting Klaus (Reply 1):

I confess to a bit of cringe hearing that also but it's the best word to use.



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User currently offlinegreasespot From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 3086 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (1 year 8 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2659 times:

Why husband wife marriage works quite well.

gs



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User currently offlineKen777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8478 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (1 year 8 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2636 times:

Quoting greasespot (Reply 5):

Why husband wife marriage works quite well.

With a divorce rate of around 50%?


User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21521 posts, RR: 53
Reply 7, posted (1 year 8 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2620 times:

Quoting Ken777 (Reply 6):
With a divorce rate of around 50%?

Divorce lawyers need to make a living, too.   

I'm sure they're quite happy to see their their client population expanding (just like vultures watching another herd appearing).


User currently offlineAirAfreak From United States of America, joined Apr 2012, 745 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2590 times:
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Let me preface this by saying I am a single gay male:

Playful term: "DOG DINNER!" (And then we bark at each other at the altar). It's degrading and I'm really not serious, but I use this term when I refer to men because gay men (in my neck of the woods) tend to take care of their bodies. lol!

Serious term: "Husband." It's a little weird for me to say (especially since I love being single), however, I am all for equality within the human race.



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User currently onlineAirstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2764 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2582 times:

Quoting AirAfreak (Reply 8):
Serious term: "Husband." It's a little weird for me to say (especially since I love being single), however, I am all for equality within the human race.

This thread is not asking about serious terms!! Not denying anyone any equality either!!

Just. Want. Folx. To have Fun. Inventing. New. WORDS!!!!!!!

Now get to it.



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User currently offlineseb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11797 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2580 times:

Brosband? That could catch on...


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User currently offlineAirAfreak From United States of America, joined Apr 2012, 745 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2579 times:
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Quoting Airstud (Reply 9):
Playful term: "DOG DINNER!"

Woof! haha!



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User currently offlineAirAfreak From United States of America, joined Apr 2012, 745 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2573 times:
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Okay fine, instead of "dog dinner," how about, "wifey" =]


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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 20340 posts, RR: 59
Reply 13, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2554 times:

It's my husband.

You know, he eats the food I cook, rarely does the dishes when asked, belches and farts, steals the covers, gets things down of high shelves, walks the dogs, and cuddles me when I'm cold at night.

He's my husband. I love him. Get used to it.


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 62
Reply 14, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2546 times:

Quoting Airstud (Reply 9):
Just. Want. Folx. To have Fun. Inventing. New. WORDS!!!!!!!

Apparently the forum is populated with grumpy-gusses on this issue when it comes down to it, and don't want to play along.   



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User currently onlineAirstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2764 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2536 times:

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 13):
He's my husband. I love him. Get used to it.

Didn't say I refuse to get used to it; said everyone could have fun making up new words. For fun's sake, not legislation's.

grumble....



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User currently offlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6166 posts, RR: 29
Reply 16, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2479 times:
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Quoting DocLightning (Reply 13):
he eats the food I cook, rarely does the dishes when asked, belches and farts, steals the covers, gets things down of high shelves,

Sounds like my mom describing my dad  
Quoting Ken777 (Reply 6):
With a divorce rate of around 50%?

I bet gays will divorce at about the same rate; people are people.



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User currently offlinemt99 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 6676 posts, RR: 6
Reply 17, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2454 times:
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The anti-gay marriage crowd is all about the word "marriage".

But call it "marriage" , "civil union" "gamarrrigae" or whatever at the end of day you have consenting men and women living with others of the same sex. The practical effect to society is exactly the same!

They will still go to dinner together, they will still hold hands, they will still go to work.. The anti-gay crowd woulds still have to explain to their kids why 2 people live together.



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User currently offlineAesma From France, joined Nov 2009, 6933 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2441 times:

Well the words husband and wife just mean "my other half who is a man/woman". So I don't see other words taking their place especially if there is a "gay marriage". If there was an union, alliance, partnership, then you could have new words.

In French there isn't a word for wife ! We say "ma femme" (my woman). If you like formal speech you can use "spouse" and this is gendered (époux/épouse). Then there is the PACS, a civil partnership less binding than a marriage, with less benefits, and open to 2 adults regardless of gender. PACS is an acronym, it exists since 2000 and there are no words commonly associated with it for "partners". The most common is "pacsé(e)", which is problematic for some since you can't hear if you're talking about a man or a woman. Some could be embarrassed that others would assume they're LGBT when they're not, or vice versa.



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User currently onlinezckls04 From United States of America, joined Dec 2011, 1502 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2417 times:

Quoting iMissPiedmont (Reply 4):
I confess to a bit of cringe hearing that also but it's the best word to use.

I agree, I don't like hearing gay people use the word husband, but bizarrely that applies to straight people too; I just don't like the word. I cringe a bit when I hear anybody use it, and I have no idea why.

I think it's just an unpleasant set of sounds to my ear.



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User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10337 posts, RR: 26
Reply 20, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2404 times:

Quoting zckls04 (Reply 19):
I just don't like the word. I cringe a bit when I hear anybody use it, and I have no idea why.

Ya know, now that I think about it, you're kind of right. I'm not sure why either - I feel like maybe there's some inherent smugness or possessiveness attached to it. I don't know why "wife" doesn't bring up those same feelings.

Strange.



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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 62
Reply 21, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2396 times:

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 20):
I don't know why "wife" doesn't bring up those same feelings.

Me either, except when "wife" becomes "the wife", as if she was an object. "Let me check with the wife on that." Bleh.



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User currently onlinefr8mech From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 5657 posts, RR: 15
Reply 22, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2384 times:

Quoting Airstud (Thread starter):
With that being so, I thought it would be fun to come up with a new word to describe the legal marriage-equivalent for same-sex partnerings. "Gayrriage" is the first one that comes to my mind but it's lame.

I understand that this is a "for fun" thread and quite simply, I can't think of any term that would make me giggle without being derogatory...actually, I can't think of any of those either.

If you go hunting for new terms, it becomes something "different". As I understand it, that's the last thing that it needs to be: different.

Quoting Ken777 (Reply 3):
We don't need new "names" for "marriage" or "wife" or "husband". We need to let these citizens enjoy the same acceptance, legal rights and benefits (and responsibilities) that I have enjoyed for 44 years.

We agree? Holy crap!  



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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 20340 posts, RR: 59
Reply 23, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2350 times:

Quoting falstaff (Reply 16):
Sounds like my mom describing my dad

Your dad must have been her husband. I hear husbands are known for the list of features I listed.

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 20):
Ya know, now that I think about it, you're kind of right. I'm not sure why either - I feel like maybe there's some inherent smugness or possessiveness attached to it. I don't know why "wife" doesn't bring up those same feelings.

Friends of mine (straight married couple), call each-other "Wife" and "Husband" all the time.

"WIFE!!! Where are the scissors??"
"They're in the drawer to the left of the sink, Husband!"

"HUSBAND!!! I need you to change a lightbulb!"

I think they started it off as a sort of joke with each-other and now it's become quite a thing. Especially because both of them (and especially her) can pack a whallop of a bellow when they scream it out. "HUSBAND!!!"


User currently onlinefr8mech From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 5657 posts, RR: 15
Reply 24, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2337 times:

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 23):
Friends of mine (straight married couple), call each-other "Wife" and "Husband" all the time.

Since we've started watching "Downton Abbey", the wife and I have been referring to each other as His Lordship or Her Ladyship. The dog is "Sir Oliver". The kids are still "hey you".



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25 Post contains images DocLightning : "The boss/My boss." I was in medical school and we had a very sick gentleman on the floor who complained that he felt confused. So I started to asses
26 DeltaMD90 : So have a separate but equal version of marriage for gay people? I don't think so Honestly, I don't think the government should really be in that busi
27 Post contains images mariner : I got that - and I've been trying to come up with suitable alternate words, but I can only think of silly ones. I'm getting used to "husband" between
28 DeltaMD90 : I know it's strange to quote myself, but I think I might have goofed: This apparently is a common line among people that aren't for gay marriage, to c
29 Airstud : (Airstud climbs through screen and into thread, collects his own earlier statements that thread is about inventing new words for FUN, hammers said sta
30 seb146 : PLEASE!! That is the point of this thread, right?? The brosband and I (trying it out) have our own word: partner. We are taking Math 150B which is th
31 DeltaMD90 : I know you're not anti-gay, should have clarified. I was just debating the imaginary person that holds your fake positions for real... sorry
32 777way : They shouldn't call their spouses husbands or wives for sure, it sounds horrible, and I mistook one member here for a woman because he called his part
33 Braybuddy : Don't need a name. Gay marriage isn't legal (yet) in Ireland and I have no interest in it when it is. Civil partnership IS legal, and I've no interest
34 Post contains images panam330 : I absolutely abhor the use of "partner" or any variation thereof, and I'm gay myself. It's like fingernails on a chalkboard to me; very abrasive. Almo
35 DeltaMD90 : I agree, although I'm straight. To me, "partner" implies that you are gay (not that there is anything wrong with that) but I'd prefer them to say pla
36 777way : I like partner, sounds nice, not sissyish like husband.
37 Post contains images comorin : One question I have been meaning to ask for a long time - How do you address a gay couple? 'Mr.X and Mr. X" or " Mrs.X and Mrs X?". What happens to su
38 Braybuddy : What about unmarried heterosexual couples who refer to their other halves as "partners"?
39 mariner : I have no idea what other word to use. My "partner" of twenty five years is not my "husband" or my "wife". We're not married (or civil union'd), and
40 DeltaMD90 : boyfriend or girlfriend? I guess I'm living in a simplified world, I went from girlfriend to fiancee to wife (and everyone I know uses the term boyfr
41 Braybuddy : Much and all as we would all like to stay young, realistically you can only use those terms up to a certain age . . .
42 Post contains images DeltaMD90 : Yep, 22 (when I got married, no girlfriends for me!) Erm, or boyfriends, Doc
43 Post contains images Braybuddy : The unfortunate thing about the term "husband" is that it sounds a little too, well, domesticated! Fine for guys who like that sort of thing and who w
44 777way : Huddy from husband, hubby, buddy while more realistica;ly Mate is good too or Better Half. What about Partner in Crime?
45 AeroWesty : What crime would that be?
46 777way : Being Gay = Sin = Crime, according to religions.
47 AeroWesty : Simply being gay is not a sin, according to religions, it's acting upon it that's a sin. That being said, sins are not crimes. That being said, not e
48 777way : Acting upon homosexual feelings is an abomination, worse than crime, wether anyone ascribes to the belief is something else. Is stealing not a sin and
49 Post contains images AeroWesty : We're not talking about stealing, are we? We're talking about gay marriages, spouses and partners. Asking for clarification of what you wrote is bein
50 777way : Hyper strung regarding the touchy gay issue, is that clear enough? laugh it off.
51 AeroWesty : Ahh, sorry, I didn't realize you were so hyper strung about the whole gay thing. Thanks for clarifying.
52 vikkyvik : I actually did get a chuckle out of that. Plus, when you've been together for, say, 20 years, and have lived together for, say, 18 of them, it just d
53 JJJ : It happened to me all the time before actually getting married. Whenever I refered to my then-partner as partner (pareja, in Spanish) and not her nam
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