In the wake of the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling, a House Democrat has introduced a bill to remove “gendered terms” from the federal code, lest they perpetuate “prejudice and discrimination.”
The bill would strikes terms like “husband” and “wife” from the code, replacing them with “gender-neutral” terms like “spouse” and “married couples.”
The legislation is sponsored by Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) and already has 23 cosponsors.
In a press release earlier this month, Capps wrote, “The Amend the Code for Marriage Equality Act 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.
“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.”
Capps also highlighted some other timely benefits from the change--like the fact that U.S. code currently makes it illegal to threaten the president’s “wife,” but not their “husband."
Bill-For-First-Lady 2016, anyone?
(h/t Washington Examiner)