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I now pronounce you....

July 30, 2013 - Jodelle Greiner
No, no, no, no, no!

Applicant? Really?!?

Since the state of Minnesota decided to recognize same-sex marriage, they changed the wording on the marriage license, eliminating “wife” and “husband.”

That I can understand, but they changed it to “applicant”!!!

Are these newlyweds going to lovingly introduce each other as “This is my applicant”?!?

These people will be applicants for a week or so, then they will say vows and be legally bound to each other. Picture these couples looking at their marriage licenses five, 10, 25, 30, 50 or even 60 years down the road; they will be frozen in time as applicants, not the married couple they are and recognized as such by the state.

The former wording on the marriage license referred to the relationship of the couple AFTER their vows are said: wife and husband. The state should have used a word that continued to reflect that relationship. That word is “spouse.”

I’ve noticed for a while that people tend to not use the term spouse and I don’t understand why. It is an established word that means a person who is married; it is a unisex word that refers to either man or woman. The couple listed on the license are spouses, not “applicants.”

The state of Minnesota should have consulted a dictionary.


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