Dozens of Democrats have proposed a new bill to strike the words “husband” and “wife” from federal law in order to take the next step towards their vision of “equality.”
Under the “Amend the Code for Marriage Equality Act,” sponsored by Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.), “gendered terms” would be replaced with more “gender-neutral” terms, the Washington Examiner reported. For example, "husband" and "wife" would simply become "spouse."
Capps said the bill “recognizes that the words in our laws have meaning and can continue to reflect prejudice and discrimination even when rendered null by our highest courts,” referencing the Supreme Court’s recent decision to legalize gay marriage.
She added, “Our values as a country are reflected in our laws. I authored this bill because it is imperative that our federal code reflect the equality of all marriages."
The Democrat also claimed her bill would make it illegal to threaten the spouse of any future woman president as federal law currently only prohibits threatening the president’s “wife.”
In order to become law, the legislation would have to successfully navigate through the Republican-controlled House and Senate.