French schools will do away with calling a child’s parents ‘mother’ and ‘father’ on school documents, instead using ‘parent 1’ and ‘parent 2’.
The law was passed in parliament as part of legislation which aims to stem discrimination towards same-sex parents.
The amendment reads as follows:
“To prevent discrimination, school enrolment, class registers, parental authorisations and all other official forms involving children must mention only Parent 1 and Parent 2”
News.com reported that French President Emmanuel Macron’s Republique en Marche party backed the change. MP Valérie Petit said it recognised “children’s family diversity in administrative forms”.
“We have families who find themselves faced with tick boxes stuck in rather old-fashioned social and family models,” she said.
“For us, this article is a measurement of social equality.”
Unsurprisingly, not every is supportive of the change.
Conservatives and Christian groups say that referring to a child’s mother and father as parent 1 or 2 “dehumanises” parents.
There are also concerns that the new titles could cause disputes over who gets to be parent 1.