The British government has decided to re - term the traditional meaning of ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ as part of its new controversial “The Marriage(Same Sex Couples) Bill, local media reported.
According to new terms being considered by the government a man can be a “wife” and a woman can be a “husband, ” effectively putting an end to the traditional meanings of the words for marriage partners. Critics have deplored the move as the vocabulary of“cloud cuckoo land”and“gobbledegook”. They believe that the terms ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ should preserve their traditional meaning. “‘Husband’ here will include a man or a woman in a same sex marriage, as well as a man married to a woman. In a similar way, “wife” will include a woman married to another woman or a man married to a man, ” says updated explanatory notes in the bill. However, the traditional male - only meaning of husband and female - only understanding of wife could return in some cases - to “ensure that gender - specific terms such as ‘husband’ keep their gender - specific effect. ” “The term ‘husband’ will in future legislation include a man who is married to another man(but not a woman in a marriage with another woman); and ‘wife’ will include a woman who is married to another woman(but not a man married to another man) unless specific alternative provision is made, ” declares the drafted legislation. Critics say they had anticipated the legal confusion the government would run into while trying to eliminate ‘gender specific’ terms, which have to be introduced as the UK tries to establish gay marriage laws, meaning marriage terms will be ‘outdated. ’ “We always knew the government would tie itself in knots trying to redefine marriage, and this shows what a ridiculous mess they’ve created, ” a spokesperson for the Coalition for Marriage, which campaigns against the change, toldthe Telegraph. “This mangling of the English language shows what happens when politicians meddle with marriage. They’re in cloud cuckoo land,” they said.