Term Husband And Wife May Be Erased, Replaced With ‘Spouse’

While it hasn’t happened yet, the House Democrats are proposing to erase “Husband and Wife” and replace it with just “spouse.”

Will Husband And Wife Go Away?

A House Democrat’s proposal to scrub the terms “husband” and “wife” from federal law, replacing them with “spouse,” has members on both sides of the aisle talking.

The “Amend the Code for Marriage Equality Act,” introduced by California Democrat Julia Brownley, seeks to amend a number of existing laws by striking the terms “husband” and “wife” from their text. The proposed legislation moves to substitute the words with phrases such as “a married couple,” “married person” and “person who has been, but is no longer, married to’’ depending on the context.

“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 in a statement.

Federal laws targeted for amendment in Brownley’s bill include the “Ethics in Government Act of 1978,” the “Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993” and the “Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971,” among others.

The LGBTQ community praises the proposal.

However, many people commented on the proposal, citing their dislikes.

Here’s another one.

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