When did “husband” and “wife” become bad words in the overwrought view of some folks? When their meanings were construed as somehow minimizing the validity of same-sex marriage.

Thus, California Gov. Jerry Brown last week signed legislation deleting the words “husband” and “wife” from the Golden State’s marriage law.

Those now-discredited terms will be replaced by “spouse.”

The new law, which takes effect on Jan. 1, also removes previous California restrictions on same-sex marriages performed in other states.

California voters twice approved propositions, in 2000 and 2008, banning same-sex marriage. Yet the California Supreme Court scrapped that prohibition last year. And the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision last month legalizing same-sex marriage across the nation.

As for the Golden State’s official deletion of “husband” and “wife” from its marriage law, California State Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, told The Associated Press: “This legislation removes outdated and biased language from state codes and recognizes all married spouses equally, regardless of their gender.”

What the legislation obviously doesn’t recognize is how absurd it is to ban the words “husband” and “wife” from a state law in the name of overturned bans on same-sex marriage.

But at least this tired old punch line hasn’t been outlawed in California — yet:

“That was no lady, that was my wife.”