Senate bill would remove gender-specific terms from US tax code

Senate bill would remove gender-specific terms from US tax code

Senate Democrats have introduced legislation to remove gender-specific references to marriage from the U.S. tax code in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage.

Backed by the full Senate Democratic Caucus, Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenHillicon Valley: Subpoenas for Facebook, Google and Twitter on the cards | Wray rebuffs mail-in voting conspiracies | Reps. raise mass surveillance concerns On The Money: Anxious Democrats push for vote on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi, Mnuchin ready to restart talks | Weekly jobless claims increase | Senate treads close to shutdown deadline Democratic senators ask inspector general to investigate IRS use of location tracking service MORE (D-Ore.) unveiled the Equal Dignity for Married Taxpayers Act on Wednesday.

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“It’s about time that we update our tax law to reflect the institution of legal marriage,” Wyden said in a news release. “All married Americans deserve the same respect and dignity in the eyes of the law.”

The bill, which aims to provide equal dignity for all legal marriages in the tax code, comes a day after Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) introduced similar legislation in the House.

The Amend the Code for Marriage Equality Act introduced in the House would replace the terms “husband” and “wife” in the federal code with words like “spouse” and “married.”

The Senate bill has 45 co-sponsors, including Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSirota reacts to report of harassment, doxing by Harris supporters Republicans not immune to the malady that hobbled Democrats The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Republicans lawmakers rebuke Trump on election MORE (I-Vt.) and Sen. Corey Booker (D-N.J.).

“For too long, same-sex couples have been treated as second-class citizens, and the onus falls on all of us to right this wrong,” Booker said in a news release. “If the highest court in the land can stand by the constitutionality of all legal marriages, then we must fight to ensure our tax code justly affords all married people the same privileges.”