The Georgia and Utah governors both proclaimed this week as Marriage Week, citing the benefits that marriage brings society.
However, they excluded gay couples from proclamations. For example, the Georgia governor referred to “the relationship between a husband and a wife.” The Utah governor instead talked about the binding of “men and women together in a network of affection, mutual aid, and obligation.”
Neither Georgia nor Utah recognize gay marriage, so it made sense for them to leave out gay couples from the proclamations. Still, using gender neutral terms instead could have had the same effect without specifically excluding gay couples from recognition.