The State Department is altering U.S. passport applications to be "gender neutral." That means that the terms "mother" and "father" will no longer be found on such forms to describe one's parentage. Instead, in an effort to recognize "different types of families," and bend over backwards to be politically-correct, we no longer recognize people as "moms" or "dads." No, now they are called: "Parent One" or "Parent Two." This change has been considered a huge victory by gay rights groups.
In 2008, the estimated number of same-sex couples in the United States was 850,000. Out of this figure, only 6% were said to consist of two people raising children. Simply because a very, very small minority of society may be raising children in two daddy or two mommy households, the 70% of children in the United States being raised by a mom and dad are now being dismissed. In order to appease those on the left and the gay rights movement, the Federal Government has seen fit to snub the majority of people who prefer to use the terms "mother" or "father." The president of the Family Research Council, Tony Perkins, called this action by the State Department an example of the "topsy-turvy world of left-wing political correctness" and a move that is "designed to advance the causes of same-sex marriage." I agree.
And before all the usual suspects out there go berserk calling me and others with the same views "homophobes" or other endearing terms, think again. I find this move by the State Department to be troubling. Parents of children are no longer being referred to as a "mother" or "father" in this situation. That alone sounds terribly wrong. I have a problem with this. I do not look upon these views as being somehow "anti-gay" but rather "pro-family."
In an earlier post I expressed my opinion that ending the "don't ask, don't tell" policy in the military wasn't really done to address that practice. I really don't think most people cared one way or another about the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell." However, this repeal was done with one goal in mind by those with a certain political agenda - to lead the country towards making gay marriage legal. Shortly after the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," the State Department announced it's new policy on passport forms. Small steps leading to the big step. The ultimate goal - legalizing gay marriage - is something that the majority of Americans oppose - for a wide variety of reasons, including religious beliefs, moral standards, support of the traditional family, etc. However, the majority of Americans (myself included) have no problem allowing civil unions of members of the same sex.
Political correctness run amok. Upon first hearing about the State Department's actions - all I could think of was Dr. Seuss's "The Cat in the Hat" in which two characters are referred to as "Thing 1" and "Thing 2." Dr. Seuss's books are well-known and loved by children and adults for the clever wording and pictures. They are fun and enjoyable. However, never did I imagine that the United States would now see fit to refer to "mothers" and "fathers" as "Parent 1" or "Parent 2." Our country is moving into some scary territory - whether we like it or not - when such blatant attempts at demeaning the traditional family are acceptable and promoted - by the United States government.