School forms in France are set to go gender neutral after the French parliament voted to replace the words ‘mother’ and ‘father’ with ‘Parent 1′ and ‘Parent 2′.
The new terms are being introduced following changes to the country’s education laws passed by President Emmanuel Macron’s majority REM party recently that also make school attendance mandatory for three-year-olds.
The removal of les pères and les mères in official paperwork within the education system is being brought in to stop discrimination against same-sex parents, The Times reports, but it does not have the backing of the education minister, Jean-Michel Blanquer.
‘This amendment aims to root in law children’s family diversity in administrative forms submitted in school,’ said REM minister Valérie Petit.
‘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.’
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