Summary: Amends gendered terms in Federal law relating to the President and the President’s spouse. Cosponsors
ANGIE CRAIG’S POSITION: Representative Craig cosponsored the resolution on 3/25/19.
STATUS: Introduced 1/17/19 by Rep. Pocan, Mark [D-WI-2].
ORGANIZATIONS IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL:
- “In 2016, one of the two major party candidates for President was a woman with a husband and in 2020, for the first time in history, we may have more presidential candidates who are women than men, as well as a potential LGBTQ candidate who is married,” said Pocan. “The U.S. Code should not assume that Presidents will be men or that they will only marry women, especially when describing which people will or will not be protected by federal law. While this language may have been accepted when the original law was enacted, it does not reflect the America of today and I look forward to ensuring that federal law recognizes this reality.” (Source: Rep. Pocan, Press Release, 1/17/19)