Rep. Julia Brownley, D-Calif., is introducing a bill to rewrite federal laws with gender-neutral terms, codifying the progressive ideological tenet that distinctions between men and women are exclusionary.
Her bill, according to The Hill, would replace the terms “husband” and “wife” in federal law with the word “spouse.”
“While the landmark Supreme Court decision ending the ban on same-sex marriage was a historic step in the right direction, there is still more work to be done to ensure that the LGBTQ community is treated equally under the law in all respects,” Brownley said. “Our words reflect our values, and every gendered reference in our federal code undermines and de-legitimizes same-sex couples.”
She added that her bill will “recognize and re-affirm that all Americans have the right to marry the person they love, to ensure no one is denied federal benefits and protections because of who they love, and more broadly to make sure that same sex couples are treated equally under the law in all respects.”
Brownley introduced a similar bill in the last Congress that went nowhere. But now Democrats are in charge, so don’t be surprised if this time the legislation gets a vote.
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