‘Mum and dad’ to Become ‘Parent 1 and 2’ Under New Law in France

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Schools in France will be replacing the words ‘mother’ and ‘father’ with ‘parent 1’ and ‘parent 2’ on official forms in an attempt to be more inclusive to LGBT+ families.

The move forms part of an amendment to a new draft education bill, which the French national assembly has voted on, passing its first reading.

It is an attempt made by Emmanuel Macron and his party République en Marche (REM) to tackle discrimination against same-sex parents.

Member of parliament Valérie Petit, who tabled the amendment, said it was a way of “anchoring the diversity of families with children in the law”.

She added:

This amendment aims to root in law children’s family diversity in administrative forms submitted in school.

The amendment says: “To prevent discrimination, school enrolment, class registers, parental authorisations and all other official forms involving children must mention only Parent 1 and Parent 2.”

It follows France passing the marriage equality law in 2013, which enshrined equal marriage rights to same-sex couples.

There has been a mixed response from French politicians and people online.