From the petition by Mike Raven:
My twin sister Ashley and I are incredibly close — for our entire childhood, we never spent more than four days apart. When Ashley came out as gay at 18, I was so proud of her strength. Her courage in the face of discrimination has inspired me, but it’s also broken my heart a few times.
It infuriates me when states like North Carolina pass laws saying that Ashley can’t get married because “marriage is defined as a union between a man and a woman.” Defined by whom? What does that even mean, and why should it allow anyone to deprive my sister of the right to marry the person she loves?
So, I decided. If this whole argument comes down to an intangible definition, then it’s time for that definition to change.
Dictionary.com says that more than 50 million people use its site every month, and its primary definition of marriage is “the social institution under which a man and woman establish their decision to live as husband and wife.” That’s not just personally offensive, it’s also factually incorrect — I live in New Hampshire, where it’s legal for all couples to get married, no matter their gender.
Progress is a series of small bold moves. This should be an easy one, Tumblr.