Obama can remove ‘husband and wife’ from federal law with proposed gay-friendly bill

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Congresswoman Lois Capps (a California Democrat, of course) has introduced a bill that could allow President Barack Obama to strip gender-specific language from federal law, including the use of “husband and wife,” in favor of more gay-friendly, gender-neutral language. The “Amend the Code for Marriage Equality Act” was written in response to the recent Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage. There are 33 co-sponsors of the bill, all Democrats.

Capps provided the following on her statement on her website, making it clear this bill is meant to introduce gay-friendly language into federal law:

“The Amend the Code for Marriage Equality Act of 2015 would strike the use of gendered terms such as ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ from the federal code and replace them with more gender-neutral terms, such as ‘spouse’ or ‘married couple.’

“The Amend the Code for Marriage Equality Act recognizes that the words in our laws have meaning and can continue to reflect prejudice and discrimination even when rendered null by our highest courts. Our values as a country are reflected in our laws.

“I authored this bill because it is imperative that our federal code reflect the equality of all marriages. The proposed legislation would not only ensure that the code reflects marriage equality, but it could also make several positive changes to the U.S. Code by removing areas of gender discrimination written into federal law.

“For instance, it is currently illegal to threaten the President’s wife – but not the President’s husband. Capps’ bill would update the code to make it illegal to threaten the President’s spouse. The bill would correct a number of these types of discrepancies in the code.”

Franklin Graham responded to the proposed law in a Facebook post:

Where will the assault on biblical marriage end? Now liberal politicians in California want to ban the words “husband” and “wife” from being used in federal law. They say these are “gendered terms” that discriminate against homosexuals. You’re absolutely right they are gendered terms—because marriage was created to be gendered! The One who created marriage defined it as between a man and a woman. They have already succeeded in deleting husband and wife from California law last year, now they want to take it to the national level. This is shameful!

The bill is currently awaiting action in the House Committee on the Judiciary.

H/T: CNS News

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