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S. 515 (116th): Equal Dignity for Married Taxpayers Act of 2019

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About the bill

Should the gendered language be removed or remain?


Same-sex marriage has been legal nationwide since 2015, with the Supreme Court decision Obergefell v. Hodges. Same-sex couples can file their taxes jointly.

But the actual language of the tax code still refers exclusively to “husbands” and “wives.” While it’s unclear that this has actually caused any problems for same-sex couples’ taxes in practice since 2015, the wording no longer reflects the current legal reality. And some worry that the gendered language could potentially be used to deny tax benefits to same-sex couples.

What the legislation does

The Equal Dignity for Married Taxpayers Act would amend the wording of more than 100 sentences in the existing tax code to be gender-neutral. Words such as “husband” and “wife” would be changed ...

Sponsor and status

Ron Wyden

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Oregon. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Feb 14, 2019
Length: 23 pages
Feb 14, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on February 14, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.


46 Cosponsors (44 Democrats, 2 Independents)



Feb 14, 2019

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S. 515 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 515. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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