Dems introduce bill to take gender-specific terms out of tax code to make it LGBT-inclusive

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02/14/2019

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 Chu (D-Calif.) and Andy Levin (D-Mich.) said in a press release announcing the legislation that the tax code is outdated and does not reflect marriage equality. “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.”

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