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Talk about political correctness going overboard! America is becoming quite pathetic.
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/01 ... r-neutral/
'Mother,' 'Father' Changing to 'Parent One,' 'Parent Two' on Passport Applications
By Todd Starnes
Section of current passport application asking for "father" and "mother" information.
The words â€œmotherâ€� and â€œfatherâ€� will be removed from U.S. passport applications and replaced with gender neutral terminology, the State Department says.
â€œThe words in the old form were â€˜motherâ€™ and â€˜father,â€™â€� said Brenda Sprague, deputy assistant Secretary of State for Passport Services. "They are now â€˜parent oneâ€™ and â€˜parent two.â€™"
A statement on the State Department website noted: â€œThese improvements are being made to provide a gender neutral description of a childâ€™s parents and in recognition of different types of families.â€� 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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â€œWe find that with changes in medical science and reproductive technology that we are confronting situations now that we would not have anticipated 10 or 15 years ago,â€� she said.
Gay rights groups are applauding the decision.
â€œChanging the term mother and father to the more global term of parent allows many different types of families to be able to go and apply for a passport for their child without feeling like the government doesnâ€™t recognize their family,â€� said Jennifer Chrisler, executive director of Family Equality Council.
Her organization lobbied the government for several years to remove the words from passport applications.
â€œOur government needs to recognize that the family structure is changing,â€� Chrisler said. â€œThe best thing that we can do is support people who are raising kids in loving, stable families.â€�
But some conservative Christians are outraged over the decision.
â€œOnly in the topsy-turvy world of left-wing political correctness could it be considered an â€˜improvementâ€™ for a birth-related document to provide less information about the circumstances of that birth,â€� Family Research Council president Tony Perkins wrote in a statement to Fox News Radio. â€œThis is clearly designed to advance the causes of same-sex â€˜marriageâ€™ and homosexual parenting without statutory authority, and violates the spirit if not the letter of the Defense of Marriage Act.â€�
Robert Jeffress, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Dallas, agreed. â€œItâ€™s part of an overall attempt at political correctness to diminish the distinction between men and women and to somehow suggest you donâ€™t need both a father and a mother to raise a child successfully,â€� said Jeffress. â€œ(This decision) was made to make homosexual couples feel more comfortable in rearing children.â€�
Chrisler recounted the day she and her female partner tried to get her twin sons passports.
â€œEven though my partner was their legal mother, had adopted them after I gave birth to them, she still had to put her name in the father field, and that is both discriminatory and makes us feel like second-class citizens,â€� she said.
Sprague said she would not use the word discriminatory to describe the old passport form.
â€œI would prefer to use the word imprecise,â€� she said. â€œIt just didnâ€™t capture the reality of their situation. Clearly, we want to be sensitive to the feelings of other people, but we are also very conscious of our need to introduce the greatest degree of precision to the process.â€�
Perkins, meanwhile, accused the State Department of disrespecting the law and called on Congress to â€œtake their oversight rule very seriously and intervene in both these circumstances.â€�
The new gender-neutral passport application will be rolled out in February.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/01 ... z1AQgM945Y
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