On Valentine’s Day, Congressman Andy Levin Introduces Bill to Affirm Dignity of LGBTQ Married Couples in the Tax Code

February 14, 2019
Press Release
The Equal Dignity for Married Taxpayers Act would update the U.S. tax code to remove outdated, gendered language to affirm the dignity of LGBTQ married couples.

On Valentine’s Day, Congressman Andy Levin Introduces Bill to Affirm Dignity of LGBTQ Married Couples in the Tax Code

The Equal Dignity for Married Taxpayers Act would update the U.S. tax code to remove outdated, gendered language to affirm the dignity of LBGTQ married couples.

Washington, D.C. – In celebration of love on Valentine’s Day, in affirmation of the LGBTQ community and to advance America’s march towards equal protection and inclusion under the law, Congressman Andy Levin introduced a bill that would update the U.S. tax code to remove gendered language and affirm the dignity of LGBTQ married couples.

“Marriage equality became the law of the land four years ago, and it is past time for our laws to reflect that,” Congressman Andy Levin said. “Today, as Americans celebrate Valentine’s Day, I introduced this bill to make simple, common sense changes to our tax code so that it accurately represents all people to whom it applies. The Equal Dignity for Married Taxpayers Act will make small changes that have a huge impact on the affirmation of the LGBTQ community.”

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.

Congressman Andy Levin joins Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, as co-lead of the House version of the bill. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) will introduce the Senate version as Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee.

“Tax filing is often difficult enough already without also making LGBTQ families feel prejudiced against,” Congresswoman Judy Chu said. “This is a simple and common sense fix that acknowledges LGBTQ couples as equals. The Supreme Court has recognized that love is love, no matter your gender identity. It’s time our tax code does the same.”

The bill has more than 50 House Democratic original co-sponsors, and is supported by groups including the Human Rights Campaign and the National Center for Transgender Equality.

“This bill is an innovative step to scrub our tax code of anachronisms that sideline transgender taxpayers and ignore the progress our country has made in securing the right to marriage equality for all,” said Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. “Any law that tries to enforce strict and outmoded definitions of gender is bound to hurt every American of every gender. We thank Reps. Levin and Chu for introducing this bill and know each of their colleagues can and should support this common sense approach.”

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