Dear Friend â€“ I want to draw your attention to a change issued by the State Department at the beginning of this year that would make U.S. passport application forms "gender neutral" by replacing references to mother and father with â€œParent 1â€ and â€œParent 2.â€ According to the State Department, the change is "in recognition of different types of families.â€
Referring to parents as â€œParent 1â€ or â€œParent 2â€ on official government documentation is a bureaucratic attempt to redefine traditional parent roles. These subtle, but nonetheless significant, changes undermine the traditional American family relationships that have served as the bedrock of our nation since its inception.
I recently introduced legislation to require all federal agencies, contractors, and government-sponsored enterprises to use the words â€œmotherâ€ and â€œfatherâ€ when describing parents in all official documents and forms. Symbolism is important, and the Parental Title Protection Act seeks to preserve the sacred relationship that mothers and fathers share with their children.
You can read more about the Parental Title Protection Act here. You can also share this information with your family and friends by clicking here.
Yours in Service,
Randy Forbes Member of Congress