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Schools in France ban the words ‘mother’ and ‘father’

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Schools in France will no longer be able to use the word “mother” or “father” on forms, instead being told to replace them with “parent 1” and “parent 2”.

This is in the wake of gender equality and same-sex marriage.

The amendment was passed in parliament as part of the country’s Schools of Trust law and aims to reduce the discrimination faced by same-sex parents.

According to The Scottish Sun, Valerie Petit, the MP of the majority party, REM which president Emmanuel Macron belongs to, noted that both words were against gay marriage in the recently passed gay marriage law.

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

“We have families who find themselves faced with tick boxes stuck in rather old-fashioned social and family models. For us, this article is a measurement of social equality.”

Socialist MP, Joaquim Puevot moved to support this which she describes as a “question of respect and dignity.”

Quoting the Telegraph, he said,

“You cannot imagine the consequences when children don’t feel treated like the others,” he said.

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