Setting the record straight on gay spouses
Dear Abby: I am a longtime reader. This is the first time I have ever written to you, and I’m hoping you will have an answer for me. I’d like to know the proper way to address a surviving gay spouse in the unfortunate event of a death.
Is a gay man who has lost his husband a widower or a widow (seeing as he lost his husband and not a wife)? Is the title of the survivor dependent on his or her gender or the gender of their partner?
I’m only 29 and I hope I won’t have to use this information for many years, but I’d like to know the proper terminology. For the record, I support gay marriage because I believe in true love in all its forms.
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