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


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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.

“We 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,” she said.

Toeiva rights groups are applauding the decision, but some conservative Christians are outraged over the decision.

“Only in the topsy-turvy world of left-wing political correctness could it be considered an ‘improvement’ for a birth-related document to provide less information about the circumstances of that birth,” Family Research Council president Tony Perkins wrote in a statement to Fox News Radio. “This is clearly designed to advance the causes of same-gender ‘marriage’ and Toeiva parenting without statutory authority, and violates the spirit if not the letter of the Defense of Marriage Act.”

The new gender-neutral passport application will be rolled out in February.

(Source: Fox News)


  1. America is turning its back on the ‘family’ unit. Instead of a marriage partner, they just have partners to include same gender. This is the point when America will lose the help that G-d has given it and it is time for Jews to get out and come to Israel or Yemen, Iran etc (for those seeking alternatives)…

  2. I am protesting.
    If this is the case, why can’t there be t3 parents? Or 4, or 5? When is this MESHUGAAS gonna end?
    Like they say truth is funnier than fiction.

  3. עי’ בספר “ואורייתיה קשוט” להרה”ג הרב אברהם יעקובוביץ שליט”א (אשר יצא לאור לפני כחודשיים), אשר האריך להסביר מדוע ייתכן שלזוג הורים יהיה הרבה ילדים, אך לכל ילד יכול להיות רק אב אחד ואם אחת

  4. To a pushatayid : Bigamy is the act or condition of a person marrying another person while still being lawfully married to a second person and it is illegal in the United States

  5. HaKodesh Baruch Hu, is once again being kind to the Jews of the USA by sending them yet another message that the country they are living in has become like Sodom. So will you be like the sons-in-law of Lot and laugh at the idea that Sodom could be destroyed or will you get out of there while you still have a chance?

    Aryeh Zelasko
    Beit Shemesh

  6. Aryeh Z, You are right. There is a lot of kedusha in Eretz Yisroel, but we’ve seen they (E’Y) unfortunately also are not spared from this type of ideas and messages as well.

  7. I’m not understanding, isn’t the definition of ‘parent’ someone who is a real mother and father, not just a ‘caretaker’? let the reshaim fail!

  8. Well, if same-gender marriage is now legal in the US; maybe bigamy or polygamy is next? If the passport form is changed now to contain spaces for more than 2 parents, it won’t need to be changed the next time something else is made legal.

  9. Polygamy is technically illegal everywhere in the US but the laws have not been enforced against the religious sects that practice it since the 1950s.