Originally Posted by robcanuck
...lots of folks using "partner" regardless of whether it's a same-sex or opposite-sex relationship. Seems more inclusive to me. It also sends a signal that the speaker isn't making assumptions that a relationship is necessarily heterosexual.
...refer to each other as "husband" since we're married, but I wouldn't expect others to use that term.
I like both, actually.
Feel free to add any terms to my "hierarchy" list in my previous post here.
Husband and wife are no longer a required matched set of words, any more than the "heads under the sand" attitudes about same-sex relationships.
Congrats on your retirement, BTW.