House Democrat Bill Would Scrub ‘Husband’ and ‘Wife’ from Federal Law

A new bill introduced in the House of Representatives by Democrats would eliminate the use of the words “husband” and “wife” in federal laws, instead replacing them with genderless terms like “spouse.”

As reported by Fox News, the “Amend the Code for Marriage Equality Act” was introduced by Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Calif.), and would change many existing laws by removing “husband” and “wife” from pre-existing text. Instead, the new law would replace these words with phrases such as “a married couple,” “married person,” and “person who has been, but is no longer, married to’.”

“Although the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that same-sex couples have the right to marry, there are many instances where the U.S. Code does not respect that constitutional right,” Brownley said Friday in a statement.

“Now more than ever, with an extreme Supreme Court and state legislatures rolling back the rights of the LGBTQ community, it is imperative that Congress showcases its commitment to supporting equality,” Brownley continued. “This common-sense bill will ensure that our federal code reflects the equality of all marriages by recognizing and acting upon the notion that the words in our laws have meaning and our values as a country are reflected in our laws.”

Brownley was referencing a number of recent decisions from the Supreme Court that reaffirmed the First Amendment right to freedom of religion when it comes to Americans being forced to accept transgenderism or homosexual relationships. The most recent such case, 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis, saw the court rule 6-3 that a Christian web designer could not be forced to design a website promoting same-sex marriages.

Among the federal laws that would be targeted for revision and censorship by Brownley’s bill are “Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971,” the “Ethics in Government Act of 1978,” and the “Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993.”

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About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

Notable Replies

  1. How about a bill which would scrub one dude ever referring to another dude as “my husband”?

  2. Rights versus privileges resulting in cultural change is what this is about. “All men are created equal” is an inclusive term, and for many years ‘all men’ was understood to incorporate all people, male and female. However, the institutions of society are different - they are social not legal constructs. They include religious beliefs and commonly held beliefs about relationships in marriage. This is an effort to force acceptance upon others of a social construct they do not embrace by imposing it through legal means.

  3. I am curious, who, exactly, is pushing this? From what I have observed in public settings, members of the LGTBQ community often refer to their partners as ‘husband, wife, and/or spouse.’ In just about every dictionary of the English language, “spouse” is a synonym for husband/wife. Oh, I see, there is a sex identification implicit in that. But, wait, aren’t the LBGTQers doing the very same thing?

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