A bill introduced by two Democratic lawmakers Thursday would update the U.S. tax code to remove gender-specific references such as “husband” and “wife” and would replace the terms with “spouse” in an effort to be LGBT-inclusive.
Reps. Judy ChuJudy May ChuHouse passes bill to ensure abortion access in response to Texas law Overnight Health Care — Presented by Indivior —Pfizer: COVID-19 vaccine safe for young kids White House endorses bill guaranteeing abortion access MORE (D-Calif.) and Andy LevinAndrew (Andy) LevinRecommitting US policy toward two-state solution is the best way to further Middle East peace The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble Biden administration defends handling of Haitians amid uproar MORE (D-Mich.) said in a press release announcing the legislation that the tax code is outdated and does not reflect marriage equality.
“Tax filing is often difficult enough already without also making LGBTQ families feel prejudiced against,” Chu said. “This is a simple and common sense fix that acknowledges LGBTQ couples as equals. The Supreme Court has recognized that love is love, no matter your gender identity. It’s time our tax code does the same.”
Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenOn The Money — House pushes toward infrastructure vote Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — EU calls out Russian hacking efforts aimed at member states Why Democrats opposing Biden's tax plan have it wrong MORE (D-Ore.) is introducing the bill’s Senate version.
“The tax code still reflects the discrimination of a bygone era. It’s past time for that to change,” he told NBC News.
Levin said the bill, titled “Equal Dignity for Married Taxpayers Act,” was introduced on Valentine’s Day intentionally as a celebration of love for all.
“Today, as Americans celebrate Valentine’s Day, I introduced this bill to make simple, common sense changes to our tax code so that it accurately represents all people to whom it applies,” he said.
Levin took over his father’s seat in Congress in 2019 and introduced the bill that is similar to ones his father Sandy proposed several times before.