January 9th, 2011 00:51 EST
Gender-Neutral Passport Application Applauded By Gay Rights Groups
"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."
This is a welcome development, critics may claim that it`s an act of political correctness, but I see it as an acceptance of reality.
There are many different types of families - the old "mother and father" designation is discriminatory to gay and lesbian parents.
The federal government is now implicitly, if not explicitly recognizing the legitimacy of families headed by lesbians and gay men.
The government should require public schools to use gender-neutral forms. No child who has two mothers or two fathers should have to suffer the embarrassment of taking home a document that requires the signature of a "mother" or a "father."
Anybody who has a problem with the new gender-neutral passport application is living in the Dark Ages.
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