Legislation Introduced to Strike ‘Husband,’ ‘Wife’ From Federal Law

On the heels of the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling imposing “gay marriage” on the nation, some Members of Congress are seeking to eliminate the terms “husband” and “wife” from the federal code. 

In a press release, the office of Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) explained that the Amend the Code for Marriage Equality Act (H.R.2976) would substitute “husband” and “wife” with terms such as “spouse” and “married couple” into U.S. laws. Rep. Capps stated, “[W]ords in our laws have meaning and can continue to reflect prejudice and discrimination even when rendered null by our highest courts.”

In a Facebook post, Franklin Graham, President of Samaritan's Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, responded by reaffirming his stand for biblical marriage and decrying that politicians “have already succeeded in deleting husband and wife from California law last year, now they want to take it to the national level.”

Currently, 31 House Democrats have co-sponsored H.R.2976.

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: July 17, 2015

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