With Passage of PRIDE Act, Levin Bill to Affirm Same-Sex Couples in Tax Code Clears House

July 24, 2019
Press Release
Congressman Andy Levin’s bill, the Equal Dignity for Married Taxpayers Act, was included in the PRIDE Act that passed the House today.

The House of Representatives today passed the PRIDE Act, which includes the language of Congressman Andy Levin’s Equal Dignity for Married Taxpayers Act that updates the tax code to remove outdated, gendered language to describe married couples.

“The House today sent a message to LGBTQ married couples across America that their unions are recognized, valued and dignified by the U.S. government,” Congressman Andy Levin said. “The PRIDE Act moves our country closer to true equality and equity for the LGBTQ community and I am proud that the House today passed this important bill. I commend Congresswoman Chu for her leadership in getting the PRIDE Act to the House Floor, and Speaker Pelosi and Chairman Neal for their commitment to passing legislation that affirms the LGBTQ community.”

The PRIDE Act, introduced by Congressman Levin and Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27), makes additional changes to the tax code, including allowing LGBTQ couples to amend past tax returns and receive the benefits they deserve from previous years when same-sex marriage was legal in their state.

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.