‘Mother,’ ‘Father’ Changing to ‘Parent One,’ ‘Parent Two’ on Passport Applications

January 8, 2011

By Todd Starnes, FOXNews.com

The words “mother” and “father” will be removed from U.S. passport applications and replaced with gender neutral terminology, the State Department says.

“The words in the old form were ‘mother’ and ‘father,’” said Brenda Sprague, deputy assistant Secretary of State for Passport Services. “They are now ‘parent one’ and ‘parent two.’”

A statement on the State Department website noted: “These improvements are being made to provide a gender neutral description of a child’s parents and in recognition of different types of families.” The statement didn’t note if it was for child applications only.

The State Department said the new passport applications, not yet available to the public, will be available online soon.

Sprague said the decision to remove the traditional parenting names was not an act of political correctness.

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3 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Bill says:

    This just goes to show how low and decayed our society and moral values have become. This change is exactly an exercise in political correctness and demonstrates just how much disregard there is for the truth.

  • Ron White says:

    Hmmm, I wonder who took my comment from Saturday down? Let me repeat it. The change is logical because of several issues. We no longer live in a male-female parent world. Most first marriages aren’t successful and “parent” becomes problematic when we have step-parents, same sex marriage or commitment parents, transgendered individuals, etc. If you think this is problematic, the coming world will include removal of male-female designations from employment apps and other documents because the forced-choice designations discriminate against transgendered people (and this is from birth, folks, not some choice anyone made. So, gird your loins (as the Bible puts it) and prepare for the different world in which we live today.

  • Ron White says:

    The real sense of this is that so many familes are broken and remade. Let’s take the onus off the single or remarried parent as well as the more sensitive situations like a transgender or foster-parent or whatever. So many different situations exist now that this just makes sense. Much as I love the idea of two parents, mother and father, that is no longer the case in half of families. It doesn’t work to have the old designations when families have two parents who are same sex, for example. Why wait for lower courts and then the Supreme Court to intervene? Just fix it and be done with it.

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