France Banning 'Mother' and 'Father' Words in Documents
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In a controversial decision, France may change the words ‘mother’ and ‘father’ in official documents, replacing it with the word ‘parents.’ The change comes after the draft of a new law that will legalize same sex marriage and give same sex couples the right to adopt children, making the mother and father distinction inappropriate for these newly legal situations.

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France Banning 'Mother' and 'Father' Words in Documents - as part of the news series by GeoBeats. In a controversial decision, France may change the words ‘mother’ and ‘father’ in official documents, replacing it with the word ‘parents.’ The change comes after the draft of a new law that will legalize same sex marriage and give same sex couples the right to adopt children, making the mother and father distinction inappropriate for these newly legal situations. The entire civil code will be changed so that all instances of the words mother and father will be altered to reflect the possible law change, which would state that "marriage is a union of two people, of different or the same gender.” France’s Socialist President François Hollande made several campaign promises including legalizing same sex marriage and allowing same sex couples to adopt children. The Catholic Church is in an uproar over the legislation that will be up for approval by the French government at the end of October. France’s Justice Minister Christiane Taubira asked "Who is to say that a heterosexual couple will bring a child up better than a homosexual couple, that they will guarantee the best conditions for the child's development?"