Here is how my dictionary defines marriage (search):

"The mutual relationship of husband and wife; the institution whereby men and women are joined in a special kind of social and legal dependence for the purpose of founding and maintaining a family." (Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary)

What began happening in Massachusetts this week was not marriage by this definition. Calling it marriage doesn't make it so, anymore than calling a frog beautiful makes it so. But like the law, perhaps this definition will be updated in future editions.

This abomination of law, theology and common sense is enforced by vigilante courts, which have attacked the people's right to govern themselves. The Massachusetts Supreme Court (search) voted 4-3 to force the legislature to allow this procedure. It was a clear violation of the separation of powers, but these days judges behave like the third world dictators our soldiers are fighting and dying to depose.

Citizens should be free to determine the direction they wish their country and culture to take. For too long, radical minorities who want to tear down what the majority has built up have had their say and had their way.

What's next? This is a serious question. If standards mean nothing, why can't polygamists now claim their right to marry? A jailed Utah polygamist has made such a request.

Why can't a man marry his sister or brother or daughter or father? Surely there are such people who feel the law discriminates against them. What about the former Governor of Oregon Neal Goldschmidt (search), who admitted this week that he had repeated sexual encounters with a 14-year-old girl while he was mayor of Portland? What's wrong with that? You say there's a law called statutory rape? So, change the law and then what makes it wrong?

Do you see where this is headed? I fear for the moral and cultural shockwave from what is happening in Massachusetts, but it is predictable when people abandon eternal truths and follow their own lower nature.

And that's Column One for this week.

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Cal Thomas is America's most widely syndicated op-ed columnist. He joined Fox News Channel in 1997 as a political contributor. His latest book is "What Works: Common Sense Solutions for a Stronger America" is available in bookstores now. Readers may email Cal Thomas at tcaeditors@tribune.com.