Dems introduce bill to take gender-specific terms out of tax code to make it LGBT-inclusive

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 ChuOvernight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Senators unveil sweeping bipartisan health care package | House lawmakers float Medicare pricing reforms | Dems offer bill to guarantee abortion access The Go-Go's rock the stage at annual 'We Write the Songs' DC concert Pelosi faces tipping point on Trump impeachment MORE (D-Calif.) and Andy LevinAndrew (Andy) LevinBipartisan group asks DHS, ICE to halt deportations of Iraqi nationals Pelosi, Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez place transgender pride flags outside Capitol Hill offices Dem lawmakers unveil Journalist Protection Act amid Trump attacks on media MORE (D-Mich.) said in a press release announcing the legislation that the tax code is outdated and does not reflect marriage equality.

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“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 WydenHillicon Valley: Facebook won't remove doctored Pelosi video | Trump denies knowledge of fake Pelosi videos | Controversy over new Assange charges | House Democrats seek bipartisan group on net neutrality Manning: Additional Assange charges are feds using the law 'as a sword' Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Senators unveil sweeping bipartisan health care package | House lawmakers float Medicare pricing reforms | Dems offer bill to guarantee abortion access 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.