House Bill Proposes to Eliminate ‘Wife’ and ‘Husband’ From Federal Marriage Laws

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California Democrat Julia Brownley has introduced the “Amend the Code for Marriage Equality Act” in the House, aiming to remove the terms “husband” and “wife” from federal law and replace them with alternatives like “spouse.” The legislation seeks to align existing laws with the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which grants same-sex couples the right to marry. Brownley emphasized the need for Congress to support LGBTQ equality, especially in the face of an “extreme” Supreme Court and state legislatures rolling back LGBTQ rights. The bill targets various federal laws, including the “Ethics in Government Act” and the “Family and Medical Leave Act.”