Summary: This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), the Social Security Act (SSAct), and other federal laws to replace (1) references to “wife” or “husband” with references to “spouse”; and (2) references to “husband and wife” or “husband or wife” with references to “married couple” or ” married person.” For purposes of federal laws or regulations, “marriage” is defined as a legal union between two people as spouses. The bill eliminates a definition of “spouse” that refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife. Cosponsors
ANGIE CRAIG’S POSITION: Representative Craig cosponsored the resolution on 2/8/19.
STATUS: Introduced 1/3/19 by Rep. Brownley, Julia [D-CA-26].
ORGANIZATIONS IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL:
- Letter requesting support by the bill’s sponsor. (Julia Brownley)
- The Equality Act Would Give Protections to LGBTQ Americans. Now, It Could Pass in the House for the Very First Time. (Source: Madison Feller, ELLE, March 13, 2019)
- Marriage Center (Human Rights Campaign)