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 ChuOmar reflects on personal experiences with hate in making case for new envoy Omar leads lawmakers in calling for US envoy to combat Islamophobia OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Democrats lay out vision for Civilian Climate Corps | Manchin to back controversial public lands nominee | White House details environmental justice plan MORE (D-Calif.) and Andy LevinAndrew (Andy) LevinHaiti Caucus: Forging path out of crisis will not be quick, but necessary to avoid false 'democracy' Overnight Defense: Two injured in latest attack on US troops in Iraq | Judge rules Air Force mostly responsible for 2017 Texas mass shooting | Shock and turmoil after Haiti assassination Haitian president's assassination adds to crisis in Caribbean nation 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 said in a press release announcing the legislation that the tax code is outdated and does not reflect marriage equality.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 WydenRepublicans focus tax hike opposition on capital gains change GOP, business groups snipe at Biden restaurant remarks On The Money: Senate braces for nasty debt ceiling fight | Democrats pushing for changes to bipartisan deal | Housing prices hit new high in June 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.