I'm 55, heterosexual, and have lived my entire life in southeastern Michigan. Scott's response below sums it up for me as well. --Ph. D. ----- Original Message ----- From: "Scott Hlad" > > Husband is a male spouse, wife a female spouse > regardless of the sex of the spouse. I also now hear > 'partner' used for heterosexual relationships usually > meaning unmarried, although partner usually means > that of same sex relationships.