Democrats are playing word games again.
If you say “husband” or “wife,” you may be bigoted and not even know it, some Democrats apparently think.
In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage nationwide, more than two dozen Democrats have proposed legislation that would eliminate the “gendered” words “husband” and “wife” from federal laws and replace them with “gender-neutral” words like “spouse” and “married couple.”
“The Amend the Code for Marriage Equality Act recognizes that the words in our laws have meaning and can continue to reflect prejudice and discrimination,” said California Democrat Rep. Lois Capps, according to the Washington Examiner.
Democrats have apparently declared a war on traditional words now that the Supreme Court has handed them a victory in the war on traditional marriage.
“I authored this bill because it is imperative that our federal code reflect the equality of all marriages,” Capps said.
Saying that “our values as a country are reflected in our laws,” Capps argued that the change is needed to help put an end to subtle prejudices.
In addition to making federal regulations and laws friendlier to gay marriage, Capps said the move would have other “benefits” for minority groups such as women.
As an example, her office noted that federal law makes it a crime to threaten the president’s wife but says nothing about the president’s husband, which she says illustrates an implied prejudice against women’s holding the highest office in the land.
The bill “would update the code to make it illegal to threaten the president’s ‘spouse,’” her office said.
The Examiner notes that the specific example of presidential spouses might be a nod to the candidacy of Democrat 2016 front-runner Hillary Clinton. After all, it’s unlikely Capps is thinking about Republican Carly Fiorina’s chances at the White House.
When the “social justice” warriors in the Democrat Party start nitpicking “gendered” words in the federal register, it may be safe to assume legislators have a little too much time on their hands.