Levin Bill to Affirm LGBTQ Couples in Federal Tax Code Passes Committee
The House Committee on Ways and Means yesterday passed a bill that contains Congressman Andy Levin’s Equal Dignity for Married Taxpayers Act, which would modernize the tax code to remove outdated gendered language and to affirm the dignity of LGBTQ couples and families. The bill was included as part of H.R. 3299, the Promoting Respect for Individuals’ Dignity and Equality (PRIDE) Act of 2019.
“Our tax code, like all of our laws, should be written so that it accurately represents and includes all the people to whom it applies,” Congressman Andy Levin said. “Gendered language in the tax code represents a vestige of the days when LGBTQ couples could not get married. Fortunately, those days are over and marriage equality is the law of the land. Updating the tax code to include language that’s inclusive of LGBTQ couples and families is a small change that will have a huge impact on the affirmation of the LGBTQ community. I’m so proud that this bill passed out of committee today, and I look forward to ushering its passage in the House.”
The PRIDE Act was introduced by Congressman Levin and Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27), which makes additional changes to the tax code, including allowing LGBTQ couples who were previously denied federal recognition of their marriages to amend their past tax returns and receive the corresponding benefits.
Congressman Sandy Levin, Andy Levin’s father and predecessor, first introduced a version of the Equal Dignity for Married Taxpayers Act in 2015 following the Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court ruling that made marriage equality the law of the land.
The bill has more than 80 House Democratic co-sponsors, and has been endorsed by groups including the Human Rights Campaign and the National Center for Transgender Equality.