Kenney signs bills adopting gender neutral language in two tax laws

Mark Abrams
June 20, 2018 - 6:09 pm
Mayor Jim Kenney signed two bills Wednesday removing gender language from two key city tax laws.

Mark Abrams | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Mayor Jim Kenney signed two bills Wednesday removing gender language from two key city tax laws.

The mayor's signature on the two bills eliminates the designation of "husband" and "wife" or "widow" or "widower" and replaces them with the gender-neutral term, "spouse."

The new language will be included in the realty transfer tax and senior citizen low-income special tax provisions.

"The use of gender language in such ordinances historically created barriers for members of the LGBTQ community whose partnership is not always properly reflected by the terms 'husband' and 'wife,' " Kenney said.

"Bills such as these remind us of the tremendous progress we've made as well as how far we have yet to go," added Amber Hikes, executive director of the city's Office of LGBT Affairs.

The measures were sponsored by at-large Councilman Derek Green and unanimously adopted by City Council.