House Votes to Clarify That LGBTQ+ People, Women Can be President


The House passed a bill this week that updates and clears up any misconception that women and LGBTQ+ Americans cannot be president of the United States. 

The legislation, called the 21st Century President Act, now officially allows women and LGBTQ+ people to become president. The bill was passed by a voice vote.

The same bill passed the House in the last Congress by a voice vote as well, the Hill reports.

Tuesday’s vote targeted part of the U.S. code that concerns threats to presidents, former presidents, and their “immediate family.” The issue is that the code defines immediate family as “the wife of a former President during his lifetime, the widow of a former President until her death or remarriage, and minor children of a former President until they reach sixteen years of age.”

The bill now strikes that wording and changes it to, “the spouse of a former President during…

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