mileshelvetica saidI think the word "spouse" will work well
I have no prblem with husband/husband or wfe/wife coupling.
[quote]Please enlighten me re the conjugate situation of the words "husband" and "wife."
A husband is a married man considered in relation to his wife. It also has related definitions of 'male head of household' and 'manager', which is perhaps why I would dislike calling my spouse my 'husband'. He would just not have that status over and above me, nor I him.
A wife is married woman considered in relation to her husband, etymologically, but it simply means 'woman'.
Spouse works far better than partner, as it describes the marital commitment, yet, it does not specify gender, which would be useful.
There has been a suggestion that same-sex marriage for men could be called 'enfrerement
', which I would be quite happy with.
some dude somewhereEnfrerement, a medieval French-Catholic tradition of giving two men the legal rights of marriage with an additional religious mandate. "Marriage" in French literally meant "to make a bride" and would thus require the involvement of a woman. In this sense, it's altogether likely that two woman could get married, but since women never had any legal mandate in ye olden dayes, well...http://www.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2009/12/18/mayor-of-dc-signs-gay-marriage-bill&view=comments
The word "enfrerement" has popped up a few times, and the etymology is important; there is also a suggestion by the etymology that women can
make brides of one another and thus marry. If men could enter into an enfrerement, an embrotherment
, I would prefer that to marriage.
As there is so much debate, I would rather stick with the Civil Partnership that I know and refer to it as being whatever seems most appropriate at the time.
I would really feel emasculated in calling my spouse my husband.