Lesson 11, Exercise 1 - Six Answers to "Are you married?"
Vocabulary: married (adjective): The defintion of married WAS the legal union of a man and woman as husband and wife, but now it is different.
Same-sex marriage is legal in 39 of the 50 US States as of this moment in late 2016, and in certain States of Mexico, and everywhere in the following countries: Ireland, which was the first country to hold a popular election on the issue on May 23, 2015, with 62% favorable, as well as many other counties, including but not limimited to The Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland, Argentina, Denmark, Brazil, France New Zealand, Uruguay, and the United Kingdom.
Perhaps the simplest definition now, reflecting the changing reality of the sutuation is:
"The legal union of 2 people". 1 - married:
2 - cohabitating adjective
To live together when not married.
3 - single adjective and noun
4 - separated adjective
Married, but not living together.
5 - divorced adjective
The legal dissolution (end) of a marriage.
6 - widowed adjective
The husband or wife has died and has not remarried.
6a - widow noun
This woman's husband died. She has not remarried.
6b - widower noun
This man's wife died. He has not remarried.