Larsen Works To Move Marriage Equality Ruling Forward

Jul 10, 2015 Issues: Equality & Opportunity

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, continued his support for marriage equality this week by cosponsoring a bill that would ensure the United States Code reflects the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision that marriage is a civil right.

The Amend the Code for Marriage Equality Act of 2015 would remove gendered terms, such as “husband” and “wife,” from the federal code, and replace them with more neutral terms, such as “spouse” and “married couple.”

“The Supreme Court made the momentous and historic decision that marriage equality counts as equal justice under the law. Achieving marriage as a civil right took decades of work, and I am hopeful it will propel our country to put an end to discrimination in all of its forms. This bill takes our country in that direction by ensuring the words of our laws reflect that marriage equality is now the law of the land,” Larsen said.

Rep. Lois Capps, CA-24, introduced the bill, H.R. 2976.

Larsen also joined with 56 other members in asking the Department of Justice to ensure states comply with the recent Supreme Court ruling in providing marriage licenses to all couples.