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by Amélie Beaucour

RESPONSE TO EDUCATIONAL FORMS USE OF "PARENT 1" AND "PARENT 2"

Translated Tuesday 5 March 2019, by Meghan O’Shea

The use of "Parent 1" and "Parent 2" could now be used on school forms.

The use of the words "Parent 1" and "Parent 2" on school forms could replace the current "father" and "mother". The LaREM amendment to the Blanquer Law was adopted Tuesday by the French National Assembly, despite the advice of the government. It aim is to integrate family diversity into the legislation, especially those families headed by same-sex parents. Support for the amendment is far from unanimous. While the FCPE (the French Federation of Parents’ Councils), the largest association of parents of school-age children, views it as a "very good thing", the Association des familles homoparentales (the French Association of Same-Sex Parents) is not convinced. They decry the amendment’s wording, saying it would create a "parental hierarchy" and prefer a more inclusive format. Unsurprisingly, conservative circles also voted against the amendment, but for opposite reasons. Ludovine de La Rochère, president of La Manif pour tous (a French organization opposed to same-sex marriage), along with elected representatives affiliated with the conservative Les Republicains political party, issued a statement citing "the disappearance of fundamental touchstones".


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